Microsoft releases a PDF clone code named “Metro” in the near future. This allows users to share, print and archive documents with greater flexibility. The royalty free viewer will be build in as part of Longhorn. This might be the end of Adobe Acrobat on Windows like the use of Netscape Navigator stopped with the introduction of Internet Explorer.
“It sure sounds like it’s meant as a PDF killer to me,” said Roger Kay, an analyst with International Data Corp.
Metro is build on top of an XML based page description language similar to Adobe’s PostScript. This happens to be tied into Avalon — Longhorn’s presentation subsystem. Microsoft is releasing publicly the specification for Metro on Monday royalty-free.