Adobe and Microsoft have taken the next step in their efforts to transform the future of digital work and life by making Adobe Acrobat's PDF capabilities available to more than 1.4 billion Microsoft Windows users in Microsoft Edge.
Together, they update the PDF experience and value users have come to expect from Microsoft Edge by powering the built-in PDF reader with the Adobe Acrobat PDF engine. At no additional cost, this gives users a unique PDF experience in terms of colours, images, improved performance, strong security for PDF processing and greater accessibility, including better text selection and spoken text read aloud.
Users who want more advanced features for digital documents, such as the ability to edit text and images, convert PDFs to other file formats and combine files, can purchase an Acrobat subscription, which allows them to access these features anywhere, including directly in Microsoft Edge via a browser extension. Microsoft Edge users with existing Adobe Acrobat subscriptions can use the Acrobat extension within Edge at no extra cost.
In the age of digital transformation, the web browser is where people collaborate, share information and get work done in the cloud. Users around the world interact with trillions of PDF files across web, mobile and desktop. With Adobe Acrobat capabilities driving the PDF experience in Edge, Windows 10 and Windows 11 users can use Adobe's best-in-class PDF capabilities within the Microsoft Edge web browser, without having to download or switch to a separate application.
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 be phased, with an initial opt-in option for managed devices. The Microsoft Edge PDF solution with the obsolete engine is expected to be removed in March 2024.
This announcement is part of an ongoing initiative by Adobe and Microsoft that transforms digital work and life by bringing Adobe's leading PDF, e-signature and document automation tools directly to Microsoft users. This PDF experience in Microsoft Edge joins an already extensive set of Adobe PDF and e-sign integrations in Microsoft solutions, including Microsoft 365, Microsoft Teams, SharePoint and others. This is another step towards providing users with continuous innovation, efficiency and productivity in their digital work and lives.