Windows 8 To Have Built-In PDF Reader

Written by Alan Monday, 4 April 2011 05:52

Once again we getting another small taste of what is to come in Windows 8.  In the past few days We have seen the Welcome screen and the new Ribbon interface for Windows Explorer.  Now today Paul Thurrott, at the Windows Super Site, has given us another little tidbit about the next-generation operating system from the Redmond software giant.  This time it involves PDF files.

Today Thurrott has let it be known that Windows 8 will come with it’s own built-in PDF reader.  The app is the first announced and also the first we have seen that will use the new AppX application package type – which is similar to the Windows Phone 7 application package.  The app appears to be full-featured competitor to Adobe’s own Reader and out favorite Foxit Reader.  It contains a zoom feature and sidebar navigation.

The AppX is supposedly similar to what is being worked on for Windows Phone 8.  That would make sense since it would allow developers to design apps that could be compatible with both platforms.

The real question may be if the will bring Microsoft back up to the anti-trust table as they are now taking another share of the software market and building it into Windows.  If the program is only a reader then that’s probably unlikely since most of those are freeware.  But, if it also becomes PDF writer then that may raise some hackles at Adobe, Foxit, and other makers of this type of app.

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