Microsoft’s forthcoming Office 12 software suite will allow users to create PDF files within Office applications.
The native support for Adobe’s portable document file format was revealed by Microsoft at a US conference at the weekend and will allow Office users to create PDF documents from within the Word, Excel, PowerPoint, InfoPath, Access, Publisher, Visio and OneNote applications in Office.
Microsoft said that adding support for PDF creation in Office 12 to existing HTML- and Open XML-based native file creation would give companies more file and data management options.
However, Office 12 doesn't support the growing open-source OpenDocument XML-based format, which is backed by the likes of IBM and Red Hat.
Office 12 is expected to ship towards the end of next year, around the same time as Microsoft’s next-generation Windows Vista operating system is due.