Microsoft Web browserEdge, now comes with built-in Adobe Acrobat technology, enhancing its PDF capabilities.
The company confirmed the changes in a blog post (opens in a new tab) posted earlier this week, adding that regular consumers, as well as unmanaged professionals, should see the change right away.
Business users will have to wait for the change to roll out to managed devices “over time” as the feature undergoes further testing and users evolve slowly, the company added.
Unique PDF experience
In any case, a month after the change was first announced, Microsoft rolled the new feature into version 111.0.1661.44. The company hopes to further improve the PDF experience as it seeks to shape the future of the workplace as well as the overall digital experience for consumers.
The legacy engine, currently present in the Microsoft Edge PDF solution, is scheduled to be retired on March 31, 2024, the company concluded.
Consumers willing to try the new feature should check their browser version. It should update automatically, but if automatic updates are disabled (or not working for some reason), they can be triggered manually by opening the menu, tapping Help & Feedback, About Microsoft Edge , then just waiting for the update to download.
“By powering Microsoft Edge’s built-in PDF reader with the Adobe Acrobat PDF engine, users will benefit from a unique PDF experience that includes greater fidelity for more accurate colors and graphics, improved performance, stronger security for PDF handling and greater accessibility, including better text selection and narration aloud,” Microsoft added.
The tech giant also pointed out that “you don’t need to purchase an Adobe Acrobat subscription to use Microsoft Edge’s built-in free PDF features.”
It’s also worth mentioning that the change will only be available for Windows 10 or Windows 11 users; users of older OS versions will be out of luck.
Via: ONMSFT (opens in a new tab)