Microsoft, Adobe Drama at an Impasse

by admin June 4, 2006 at 4:01 am

Microsoft says it is at an impasse over demands from Adobe to remove PDF features from Office and the upcoming Vista operating system.

“We’ve now reached a point where what they are asking is not in the best interest of our company,” Stacy Drake, a Microsoft spokesperson, told today.

Adobe was not immediately available to comment.

The software giant has agreed to remove a “Save as PDF” feature from Office 2007 and make it a separate download.

The company also plans to remove Metro, a competing document file-format, from Vista, making it an OEM option, has learned.

But Microsoft refused to charge for the separate products, saying that selling what it considers an open-source function would put it at a competitive disadvantage.

Drake denied a Wall Street Journal report that the Redmond, Wash., software maker expects to be sued by Adobe in European courts. More likely, Adobe will file a complaint with EU regulators.

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