Microsoft has scrapped plans to enable Office 2007 documents to be saved in Adobe’s proprietary PDF format, according to a report in eChannelLine. Microsoft likely made the move to avoid delay in the launch of Office 2007 if Adobe took Microsoft to court, the report says.

While this may be good news for Adobe, it is bad news for the legal profession, for which PDF has become an important tool.

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