On Tue, 17 Oct 2006 12:15:52 -0500, Erik Funkenbusch wrote:
>> >>> As far as I can see, Adobe slit their own throats here. Microsoft
>> >>> apparently had no intent to compete with Adobe regarding XPS, but their
>> >>> hard stance against Microsoft shipping PDF capabilities with Office 2007
>> >>> has forced Microsoft to take the gloves off.
>> >> So how come Open office has PDF capabilities?
>> > Because they're not Microsoft.
>> More precisely because they're not a monopoly with a history of
>> illegally bundling products and corrupting de facto standards.
> No, because they're not Microsoft. Adobe doesn't want to lose their
> revenue stream from Acrobat, and including PDF capability in Office would
> hit them hard.
i.e., illegal bundling by a monopoly. If Microsoft were to sell a product
with PDF-generating capability, Adobe couldn't object. It is the bundling
by a monopoly that is objectionable (and, indeed, illegal).