Microsoft has axed plans to include a feature allowing users to save files in PDF format in the next version of its Office suite, following a dispute with Adobe Systems.
The company is now planning to offer a separate free download to enable documents to be saved either as PDFs or in its own XPS (XML paper specification) document format.
The decision was sparked after a breakdown in talks between Microsoft and Adobe, which originally developed the PDF format. The two firms had been in discussions to allow a “save as PDF” feature to be included in the new version of Office.
Microsoft had also been expected to include the option to save files in XPS in Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Publisher, Visio, Onenote and Infopath applications in the Office 2007 suite.
A tool to view and print XPS documents was to be included in the forthcoming Vista version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system.
A Microsoft spokesperson said, “We have been working closely with Adobe to resolve concerns regarding new features in Office and Windows Vista.”