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June 2, 2006

Microsoft expects Adobe to file European antitrust suit over Office 2007

Posted by David Hunter at 6:39 AM ET.


Microsoft Corp. said it expected Adobe Systems Inc. to file an antitrust suit in Europe after talks to use Adobe’s technology broke down this week, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The two companies have been in discussions over the use of Adobe’s Portable Document Format, or PDF, within Microsoft’s Office suite of applications, the Journal reported, quoting Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith.

Adobe wants Microsoft to remove the feature and offer Adobe’s technology separately for a fee. Microsoft has agreed to remove the feature, but is unwilling to charge for it, the Journal reported.

This refers to the feature of the upcoming Office 2007 that enables documents to be published in Adobe’s Portable Document Format (i.e. as pdf files). The offer to remove the feature will be tough news to the Microsoft folks (e.g. here) who have been working on the feature.

Update 6/5: Microsoft confirms the removal:

Microsoft will not only pull its Save As PDF feature from Office 2007, but will bow to Adobe and let computer makers strip its own rival electronic document format from Windows Vista.

Friday, Microsoft Office developers confirmed that the Save As feature will be dropped from future versions of Office 2007, which recently debuted in Beta 2 format with the export tool intact. Later that day, a Microsoft manager in the Windows development team acknowledged that Microsoft will also give computer manufacturers the option of dropping XPS (XML Paper Specification) from the Vista.

Both moves — as well as the decision to also toss out a Save As XPS command in Office 2007 — were forced on Microsoft, the company said, by Adobe’s threat of a lawsuit.

Filed under Adobe, Antitrust, Coopetition, Legal, Microsoft, Office, Office 2007, Technologies, XPS

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3 Responses to “Microsoft expects Adobe to file European antitrust suit over Office 2007”

  1. Adobe also goes head to head with Microsoft in video formats -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] While Adobe’s tiff with Microsoft over Adobe’s Portable Document Format has gotten a lot of press lately, Dan Frommer at Forbes describes another format battle between the two: Lip-synching teens on YouTube. Last night’s episode of Lost on ABC’s Web site. Cooking tips from Emeril. At long last, Web video is finally taking off. Last year, Internet users streamed 18 billion videos, and everyone from the broadcast networks to camcorder-wielding high school kids wants a piece of the pie. But one of the biggest winners could be Adobe Systems, whose newly acquired animation and site-design software, Flash, has become the hottest tool for Web video. [...]

  2. Microsoft Weekly Miscellany - September 8, 2006 -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Update: Microsoft posted free add-ons for Office 2007 that allowed documents to be saved in Adobe Acrobat (pdf) and Microsoft’s XML Paper Specification (XPS) format. You may recall that they were removed from Office 2007 after Adobe threatened to sue. Filed under Office, Office 2007, Coopetition, Xbox, Digital Media, Legal, Patents, Technologies, MSN, Beta and CTP, XPS, Governmental Relations, General Business, Antitrust, Employee Retention, Adobe, DRM, Media Player, Windows Live, MSN Mobile, Windows Live Messenger, Microsoft, Windows Live Video, YouTube, MSN Soapbox   [Permalink] [TrackBack] [...]

  3. Adobe and Symantec drop a dime on Microsoft? -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Symantec confirms that two executives will be in Brussels next week to discuss Vista and security with the press and since you don’t need to go to Brussels to have a news conference, presumably there’s something there. Adobe representatives weren’t available to comment, but they have a long running antitrust beef with both Office 2007 and Vista. Filed under Office, Office 2007, OS – Client, Windows Vista, Coopetition, Legal, Governmental Relations, General Business, Antitrust, Adobe, Symantec, Microsoft [...]

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