Microsoft will bring Adobe Acrobat to Edge for a better PDF experience
Most of the current browsers support opening PDFs directly, but it can only be used for reading. If you want to edit or convert the format, you still need to rely on applications such as Adobe Acrobat and Foxit PDF Editor. And just recently, the Microsoft Edge browser team published an article in the blog, announcing their cooperation plan with Adobe, which is to add the Adobe Acrobat PDF engine to the Edge browser.
Compared with the PDF engine currently used by Edge, the Adobe Acrobat PDF engine can have higher fidelity, such as more accurate colors, and the engine also has better performance, and it has higher security when working with PDF files. In addition, it also supports accessibility features such as better text selection and reading aloud. What’s more, these features are free.
Those who want to edit PDFs and convert formats can choose a paid subscription to unlock these advanced features of Adobe Acrobat. If you are already a subscriber, you can also use these features directly on Edge through a browser extension.
The Adobe Acrobat PDF engine will be installed in the Edge browser in March of this year. Microsoft’s plan is to make all consumer-level devices use the new engine by September, and enterprise-level devices will be a little later. Meanwhile, the existing PDF engine is scheduled to be removed on March 31, 2024. For device and system support, Microsoft stated in the FAQ that the update is available for Edge browsers on Windows 10 and 11, while Edge on MacOS will get this feature in the future.