ConsortiumInfo: Microsoft, Adobe and the Murky World of "RAND"
Jun 09, 2006, 01:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)
"For a week now, the IT world has been scratching its collective
head over the breakdown of PDF licensing negotiations between
Microsoft and Adobe. At issue is why Adobe has allowed
OpenOffice.org and Apple to bundle native support for saving
documents in PDF format without any economic hooks, but apparently
is requiring Microsoft to charge its customers more for Vista if
this new release includes the same capabilities--even though PDF is
a standard that should be available to all on the same terms.
"There are, I think, two logical explanations. One is relatively
straightforward, while the other represents a convoluted and
little-discussed weakness in the traditional way of creating
standards. In this entry, I'll describe both possible explanations,
but I'm betting that the convoluted alternative will prove to be
the explanation for what is happening here..."