Well Metro is going to Microsoft's equal to Adobe's PDF. This is due to come out in the next OS, Longhorn. Not too much has been said about this program aside from it's going to be Adobe's PDF killer.
The reason I bring this up is that I've been researching and looking into the purchase of Adobe Policy/Security Server. Expected cost of $60,000. This includes 100 user licenses, the software, 1 year maintenance fee and 1 free upgrade.
The problem with the software is that all users must have Adobe Reader 7.0 to view the documents controlled by the Policy Server. The catch is, each user who wants to use the Policy Server to 'lock down' a PDF must have Adobe Acrobat installed on their computer. If a new version of Reader comes out, a new version of the Policy Server comes out, costing more money.
Now while Microsoft is attempting to take over this area... which they most likely will as long as they come out with a good solid product - which Microsoft does have the resources to do - They'll reduce overall costs for Businesses to operate safely, which is something Microsoft has been toting in the past few months.
I'm all for Microsoft to make business use safer by integrating things together, but I would have liked to see them merge software with Adobe to make this happen, instead of basically giving their software out with their OS instead of buying from Adobe.
It's great, but it's bad for Adobe. While I find Adobe's software over priced but invaluable, I find that Microsoft is making it cheaper and hopefully just as secure. Should I dare to speak too soon to say Kudos to Microsoft on this one? Adobe makes a great product. But if I can get the same great product for nothing, even better.
Looking more for a lock down feature that will limit people from unlocking it.
Basically my company wants to limit our higher ups from taking our business plans or road maps and leaving the company.
We had a few managers of plants leave the company and start up competition against us in the same area using our company's business plan... so being that we're a nationwide, big company.. we drop our pricing and let other locations make up our losses.. until those former employees are out of business.
The Adobe Policy Server is a centralized server which is nice, but it's expensive and requires users to have specialized software.. with only a handful needing it to make them, the centralized thing works best.
I like the idea of Microsoft's Metro incorporating it into Windows.. it's just sad that it's going to effect a good company's business for that matter..