Microsoft Works On A PDF Replacement

Adobe owns the largest share of electronic document software with its popular and nearly ubiquitous PDF file format, but Microsoft is about to enter the market. Code named, Metro, this new file format will be embeded in Microsoft’s upcoming operating system code name Long Horn.
Microsoft has a LONG way to go to unseat PDF and Adobe is no Netscape, who Microsoft crushed with it’s own web browser, Internet Explorer.

Information Week writes Perhaps the most talked-about technology at Microsoft’s annual Windows Hardware Engineering Conference last week was a new file format, code-named Metro, that could move the company into the market for electronic paper. Its toughest competitor in that arena will be Adobe Systems Inc., which makes the popular Acrobat software and created the Portable Document Format standard for viewing, modifying, and printing files, regardless of the software a user runs.


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