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Online Acrobat Service Seeks To Turn Adobe Into Major SaaS Player

Some have already dubbed it the Microsoft Office killer and while others reckons that it will give Google Apps a ride for its money but it seems that it looks that software giant Adobe is looking elsewhere with the launch of new versions of Acrobat.

Acrobat.com (opens in new tab) marks the company's first real mainstream foray into the world of Software as a Service, which could possibly be a game changer for a company that is relying so much on desktop bound applications.

The suite of hosted services creates an environment where users will be able to create and collaborate online on electronic documents and includes Adobe Buzzword, a web-based word processor, connectnow, Adobe's own web conferencing service as well as an online centralised file sharing feature.

Adobe has also released a set of developer APIs for real time collaboration, file sharing and conversion to help its online services grow.

The maker of Photoshop and Dreamweaver has also released three new versions of Acrobat 9 starting at £265 up to £619; there's also a free version of Adobe Acrobat 9 (opens in new tab) on its way.

Earlier this March, Adobe released a free, online version of Photoshop called Photoshop Express (opens in new tab) which allowed users to upload and manipulate photos online.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.