Can Adobe out-code Microsoft, Google?

Debut of office applications suite is winning plaudits in the blogosphere. See what CNET's Elsa Wenzel, who ran the software through its paces, has to say about it.

With the arrival of its online office product , Adobe Systems is putting Microsoft and Google on notice that viable alternatives do exist to the industry's reigning hegemons. What sort of impact the new products will have obviously won't be known for months. But the release is intriguing a lot of people who have weighed into the blogosphereconversation today.

This nifty-looking application suite allows users to create word processing documents, share files, convert PDFs, and hold Web conferences. Adobe also took the wraps off Acrobat 9, which includes support for Flash. You can test out the office suite with the beta of that became available today.

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Acrobat 9, set to reach stores in July, will be priced differently, according to feature functionality. The Standard version is priced at $299 or $99 to upgrade, Pro for $449 or $159 to upgrade, and Pro Extended for $699 or $229 to upgrade. Pro Extended also comes with Adobe Presenter, which can connect to Microsoft PowerPoint 2007.

Does it make sense for your needs? And where is Adobe heading with its product plans? Check out this video I did earlier with CNET's Elsa Wenzel, who offers her impressions after giving Adobe's product suite a run-through.


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