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Friday, June 02, 2006

Adobe Can't Compete, So They Sue

Microsoft to Adobe: Let's Make a Deal: "Adobe, not content with Microsoft's decision to cut certain PDF functionality out of Office 2007, also wants changes in Microsoft's new document display and printing technology. Will the pair's failure to resolve differences result in more antitrust action?

Following a published report claiming that Adobe Systems is poised to launch an antitrust suit against Microsoft over Microsoft's Office 2007 planned PDF support, Microsoft is going on the offensive and discussing what has led to the impasse between the two companies.

Adobe has been in discussions with Microsoft for the past four months over alleged tying and predatory pricing concerns that Adobe has regarding Microsoft XML Paper Specification (XPS) and 'Save to PDF' technologies that Microsoft was planning to integrate into Windows Vista and Office 2007, said David Heiner, vice president and deputy general counsel in Microsoft's legal department.

When asked whether Microsoft is expecting Adobe to launch an antitrust suit against the company or simply go to U.S. or European Union regulators with their concerns, Heiner said 'they (Adobe) are threatening legal action,' but would offer no further specifics.

Adobe is looking to make a case that Microsoft is violating tying and predatory-pricing regulations with XPS and Save to PDF, Heiner said.

Adobe is claiming that PDF export technology constitutes a separate product and that Microsoft is tying both Save to PDF and Save to XPS to Vista and Office 2007 and is making them available for free, thus undercutting Adobe's ability to charge for these kinds of plug-ins."

Except that OpenOffice and WordPerfect both already provide export to PDF at no additional cost, as does the entire Apple OS X operating system. Why is something that's okay for OpenOffice, Corel and Apple not okay for Microsoft?

This is Adobe making things harder on consumers just because their own business model is obsolete. Makes me sick.

3 Comments:

  • At 4:16 PM, Blogger Jeff said…

    More on this straight from Microsoft.

     
  • At 11:24 AM, Anonymous Alan Grassia said…

    Perhaps both parties are at fault. It is true that other office suites and operating systems have the ability to generate .pdf files without additional costs. This issue can probably be resolved it Adobe were to lower the price for their licensing and if Microsoft would, well, stop being so Microsoft. They are a monopoly after all.

     
  • At 5:32 PM, Anonymous Julio Angel Ortiz said…

    But as has already been pointed out, OpenOffice (among other programs) already export to PDF, and we don't see Adobe screaming about it. Microsoft can be unfair, but this is one of those circumstances where I can't side with Adobe. Sounds like a case of FUD.

     

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