Microsoft has announced that it will introduce PDF support in its forthcoming version of Office, code-named "Office 12".
Microsoft has announced that it will introduce PDF (Portable Document Format) support in its forthcoming version of Office, code-named "Office 12", scheduled for release in the second half of 2006.
In effect, users will be able to save documents in the PDF format, which is a popular method of sharing documents between different computers and software programs.
Reportedly, the PDF format will be integrated in MS Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint and InfoPath among other applications. Microsoft maintains that the inclusion of PDF in Office 12, will further broaden the appeal of the program.
Microsoft says that it is adding the "save to PDF" feature, with a view towards satisfying users who want to share documents with people, including those who don't have MS Office.
However analysts regard Microsoft's move as a fall-out of the Massachusetts government's decision, to make the Open Document format a standard.
Steven Sinofsky, senior vice president - product development group, Microsoft Office, said that every month Microsoft received nearly 120,000 demands from users, requesting implementation of the PDF format.
However, Sinofsky failed to comment on whether users would be required to shell-out extra money, to save Office documents as PDF files.
PDF has been promoted by Adobe Acrobat and has several advantages, the most important being that it allows opening of documents in several systems/platforms.