PDF editing to be built into Microsoft Office 2013

July 02, 2012


Hot on the heels of the news that Windows 8 will have its own PDF reader, Windows Reader, comes a (confident) rumor that Microsoft Word 2013 is going to include its own built-in PDF viewing and PDF editing capabilities.

If true, this is big news and a dramatic change from the days gone-by when Microsoft tried to pretend that PDF didn't exist.

According to Microsoft Word 2013 is being pushed as a document reader and to that end the PDF viewer functionality will include a reflow text option (necessary for seamless switching between portrait and landscape viewing on a touch device).

But Microsoft aren't stopping at a PDF viewing feature, if are correct, Word 2013 will include the ability to open PDFs in Microsoft Word and have them automatically converted to the Word format -- thus enabling users to edit the content in the PDF. After editing is complete users can re-save the document as a PDF using the PDF save-as feature that was added in Word 2007.

PDF to Word conversion is a popular feature and there are frequently questions about it in the Planet PDF Forum -- but it is also notoriously difficult to do accurately for every PDF. Perhaps that is why there is so many questions about it.

Google has also recently introduced a similar feature in Google Docs, so it is not only Adobe that Microsoft has set its sights on, but Google too.

Another rumor suggests that there will be a public beta version of Microsoft Office 2013 this month, so you won't have to wait long to try out this new PDF friendly functionality in Microsoft Word.

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