Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 4th Jun 2006 12:59 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft is making changes to the next versions of both Office and Windows as part of an effort to head off a legal challenge from Adobe Systems. Microsoft said earlier Friday that it expects an antitrust suit from Adobe after months of negotiations in which the companies failed to reach an accord. The software maker is unilaterally making changes to both Office 2007 and Windows Vista in an effort to assuage some of Adobe's concerns. More important, the move is an attempt to lower the chances that an injunction could stop Microsoft from shipping those products.
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RE: Typical
by Symgeosis on Sun 4th Jun 2006 15:45 UTC in reply to "Typical"
Symgeosis
Member since:
2005-09-13

"Whats this got to do with the consumer? They are simply defending their sales."

Generally, the two (sales and consumers) are symbiotically connected. I don't really see why Adobe is making such a big deal about this. PDF is an open standard which would imply that it would be open for others, even Adobe's competition, to use.

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RE[2]: Typical
by gonzo on Sun 4th Jun 2006 19:39 in reply to "RE: Typical"
gonzo Member since:
2005-11-10

PDF is an open standard which would imply that it would be open for others, even Adobe's competition, to use.

If PDF is open standard, then how come Adobe wants to take MS to court?

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RE[3]: Typical
by Governa on Sun 4th Jun 2006 20:05 in reply to "RE[2]: Typical"
Governa Member since:
2006-04-09

The same way Linux is open but Linus Torvalds and the non-profit organization 'Linux International' can sue you .

To be 'Open' doesn't mean to be an 'Anarchy'. There are always rules against misuse.

The problem with Microsoft is that they don't want to dominate by making the best apps, they just want to dominate by force, creating new closed formats and setting them as default on every windows instalation. (WMP, WMA, WMV, WIMP, IE, XPS, ActiveX, ...)

Edited 2006-06-04 20:15

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RE[3]: Typical
by zemplar on Mon 5th Jun 2006 12:17 in reply to "RE[2]: Typical"
zemplar Member since:
2006-02-10

"If PDF is open standard, then how come Adobe wants to take MS to court?"

Because Adobe makes tons of money from selling Acrobat.

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RE[3]: Typical
by Symgeosis on Mon 5th Jun 2006 21:48 in reply to "RE[2]: Typical"
Symgeosis Member since:
2005-09-13

"If PDF is open standard, then how come Adobe wants to take MS to court?"

Exactly my point.

For reference:
http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/adobepdf.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pdf

I'm not the one who originally claimed that PDF was an open standard. Adobe was.

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