Microsoft gunning for Adobe's PDF format?
When Bill Gates showed off the new Metro document format in Longhorn at a hardware conference last week, some analysts were quick to call it a PDF killer.
Indeed, there's plenty of overlap between Adobe's popular Portable Document Format and what Microsoft is planning to include in the next version of Windows. Metro is designed to do things PDF already does, namely to allow for the creation of files that can be printed, viewed or archived without needing the program that created them.
It's that omnipresence, analysts say, that Microsoft covets, laying the groundwork for a significant battle between the two formats.
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