Today was a fun day. It was our last day with our MVPs visiting here at Redmond. This was one of the best MVP Summits for me – there was a lot of good positive interchange and solid feedback given by the MVPs on all our products. We demoed Office 12 applications in detail so people got a real sense of the totality of Office12. Lots of smiles!
One big smile was when Steven Sinofsky announced during his wrap-up Q&A this morning that Office 12 apps (OneNote included) will support “Save as PDF” natively. He then went through a demo of most of the apps showing each of them saving to PDF. Publisher (another app whose design team I manage) will even support CMYK output for professional pre-press work. Actually, the Publisher team did most of the work to support PDF over the last year. Then the other teams hooked up to the core PDF generator that they wrote from scratch.
During the announce I was sitting with my Publisher teammates and Steven did a shout-out to us which was nice.
PDF output is another request we get fairly often for OneNote on the newsgroups and other community forums. Our customers want to easily share their notes with other people who may not own OneNote yet. PDF provides a 100% WYSIWYG representation of their notes including ink annotations and the 2-D layout that OneNote has (since it is static like paper, unlike a Word doc or HTML), and Adobe has done a good job of getting a reader for PDF on lots of platforms out there.
The good times keep on rolling…