Microsoft Office 12 will support PDFs
Tuesday, October 4, 2005
Microsoft announced yesterday that the next version of , currently code-named " ", will support format exportation. Microsoft Senior Vice President said Microsoft receives 120,000 requests monthly to save documents created in Office as PDF files.
PDF is a file format created bythat ensures files appear similarly on any computer operating system. PDF is an open standard, and programs can read and write PDFs . Adobe distributes software at no cost to read PDF files on many platforms. Many readers are also available.
There are many ways to create PDFs from Office documents. Users can purchase US$299.00), and can already export any Microsoft Office document to PDFs using the free Office Suite software. They can also use one of the many free programs that act as print drivers such as the open source . Adobe also offers a somewhat slower, but free online PDF converter on their website. While such options have long been available, the high cost, moderate difficulty and lack of awareness has discouraged PDF use in most daily exchanges of Office created documents.Standard (
Because Microsoft has no plans to create a PDF importer, it will be impossible for the Office PDF export functionality to fulfill Massachusetts' recent requirements for official, state created documents.
The first, or beta version, of Office 12 is expected in November.
- Ina Fried. "Microsoft says Office beta coming in November" — , October 3, 2005
- Reuters. "Microsoft's Office upgrade to support PDF files" — , October 3, 2005
- "New version of Office will let users save documents as PDFs" — , October 3, 2005
- Lucy Sherriff. "MS promises PDF support in Office 12" — , October 3, 2005
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