Adobe’s double standards
Here's a funny story. Adobe has pushed MS to drop PDF support form Office 2007. Apparently Adobe wanted MS to charge the customers extra for incorporating PDF functionality into Office and now MS has instead decided to drop the PDF support and instead offer it as a download. You can get the story here>>
The irony of this is that though Adobe touts PDF as an open standard, when they saw the mass potential that MS office has, they either got scared or got greedy. Either way they wanted to make a ton of money by piggy backing on MS Office.
The part that I don't get is, if it is supposed to be an open standard, then what's the problem of allowing MS to offer it free with Office? Other office suites as Open Office does it an Adobe has had no issues with that. But why the double standards when it comes to MS.
I defend MS because it is MS that made computing easier for the masses. If computers were running on something like Unix, I personally would'nt have adopted to computers. C'mon, it is MS who made it easy for the masses. And I personally don't see an issue with them adding more features for money. The arguments against it are becoming really ridiculous. The way those arguments are going, if applied to automobiles, the car makers would not be able to offer any type of enhancements in their models. Even offering air conditioning will be seen as anti-competitive for the small time air conditioning vendors!
I hope the rest of the world starts to look at all these from the point of view of the customers. The more the customers get, the better they are. But as it seems now, the regulators are looking at the point of view of the businesses.