Adobe Acrobat PDF gets on Microsoft Edge

Adobe Acrobat PDF is coming to Microsoft Edge, making it easier for the browser’s users to leverage the benefits of the PDF reader.

Users will enjoy at not cost a PDF experience that includes higher fidelity for more accurate colours and graphics, improved performance, strong security for PDF handling, and greater accessibility—including better text selection and read-aloud narration.

“Bringing Adobe and Microsoft closer together is good for productivity and good for customers. Adobe’s PDF technology in Microsoft Edge means users will have fast and secure access to critical digital document capabilities,” said Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President of Modern Work and Business Applications at Microsoft.

“PDF is essential for modern business, accelerating productivity in a world where automation and collaboration are more critical than ever. By bringing the global standard in PDF experience to Microsoft Edge and the billion-plus Windows users worldwide, Adobe and Microsoft are using our joint heritage and expertise in productivity to take an important step forward in making modern, secure, and connected work and life a reality,” said Ashley Still, SVP and GM of Adobe.

Users who want more advanced features such editing text and images, converting PDFs to other file formats, and combining files can purchase an Acrobat subscription that enables access to these features anywhere, including directly inside Microsoft Edge via a browser extension.

Microsoft Edge users with existing Adobe Acrobat subscriptions can use the Acrobat extension inside Edge at no extra cost.

To meet the needs of organisations with managed devices, the transition to the built-in Microsoft Edge PDF reader with the Adobe Acrobat PDF rendering engine will occur in phases, with an initial opt-in option for managed devices. The Microsoft Edge PDF solution with the legacy engine will be removed in March 2024.

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