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Native support for PDF in Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)

22 May 2008 | | One Comment

Microsoft have announced that Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) will include native support for PDF.

With the release of SP2 users will be able to save documents directly to PDF from within Office applications, without having to install any additional add-ons. This marks a return to Microsoft’s original plan for PDF support.

When planning for Office 2007 Microsoft initially planned to include ‘Save as PDF’ support natively, but after a dispute with Adobe, they relented and instead offered ‘Save as PDF’ support through an optional add-on, which is available for free download.

Since PDF came under the control of a standards body in 2007, Adobe are unable to prevent Microsoft from including native support for PDF in Office 2007.

Microsoft also plan to include native support for ‘Save as XPS’ and support for ODF documents.

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