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This week in PDF: Microsoft licenses Adobe mobile tech

March 20, 2008

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This week in PDF has seen Microsoft and Adobe ink a new licensing pact, Adobe announce its first quarter financial results and the Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG) release downloadable specifications for Microsoft Office document printing.

First up, Adobe has announced that Microsoft has licensed Adobe Flash Lite. Designed for mobile devices, the software will enable web browsing of Flash Player-compatible content within the Internet Explorer Mobile browser in future versions of Microsoft Windows Mobile phones. Additionally, Microsoft has licensed Adobe Reader LE software for viewing PDF documents on such devices. Both Adobe products will be made available to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) worldwide, who license Windows Mobile software. To find out more, check out the official Adobe web site.

In other Adobe-related news, the San Jose-based software giant has reported its financial performance for the fiscal quarter ending on February 29, 2008. Adobe's $890.4 million revenue reflected a 37 percent jump from the same period last year, although it was slightly lower than Q4 of fiscal 2007's $911.2 million. The result slightly exceeded Adobe's first quarter revenue target, which was between $855 and $885 million.

"Driving our strong performance in Q1 was continued demand for our Creative Suite 3 family of products, as well as another record quarter for our Acrobat product family," said Shantanu Narayen, president and chief executive officer of Adobe. "As the proliferation of digital content accelerates, customers worldwide are looking to Adobe for solutions that enable the creation of rich, engaging experiences across a variety of media and devices. This trend will continue to drive our diverse business, and we are reaffirming our fiscal year financial targets."

During the first quarter, Adobe repurchased 33.3 million shares of its outstanding common stock, at a cost of $1.25 billion.

For more information, check out the full press release.

Last but not least, the Ghent PDF WorkGroup (GWG) has released a set of downloadable printing specifications for Microsoft Office documents. An Office Document Printing/PDF Creation Guideline document and a collection of recommended settings files for Microsoft Office and PDF creation tools are available from the GWG website. The V1 Specifications for Office Document Printing cover Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007 applications that support direct PDF creation or print-to-PDF creation tools like Adobe Acrobat, Jaws PDF Creator and direct PDF export from Microsoft Office 2007. The specifcations can be downloaded for free from the GWG website.

That's it for this week. Watch this space!

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