Microsoft and Adobe Systems to Deliver Universal Font Format

Tim Byars (
Tue, 07 May 1996 10:28:35 -0700

Microsoft and Adobe Systems to Deliver Universal Font Format

New "OpenType" Initiative to Create Definitive Font

SAN FRANCISCO - May 6, 1996 - Microsoft Corp. and Adobe Systems Incorporated
- today announced they are collaborating on a
new universal font format that will combine today's leading TrueType=AE and
Type 1 font technologies. Called "OpenType TM," the effort
will streamline management of existing fonts and provide a font format to
handle the next generation of type for personal computers and
the Internet. As part of the initiative, Adobe and Microsoft will broadly
cross-license the Type 1 and TrueType font technologies to each
other and make the OpenType specification available to other operating
system and Internet-based vendors.=20

OpenType will include compression technologies that will ensure efficient,
high-quality representation of fonts on the World Wide Web.
In conjunction with the announcement, the companies will present a proposal
based on the OpenType initiative for a standard
mechanism to embed fonts in HTML documents on the Internet at the Fifth
International World Wide Web conference this week in Paris.
This new proposal is intended to consolidate previous proposals the two
companies have been developing with industry partners.=20

"OpenType promises to simplify the way customers use today's fonts and set
the stage for significant innovation in the quality of type
both on-screen and in print," said Bill Gates, chairman and CEO of
Microsoft. "We look forward to collaborating with Adobe to advance
type technology still further, and to making the process of installing, and
using fonts seamless for all customers."=20

"This initiative is great news for users and developers," said John Warnock,
co-founder and CEO of Adobe. "By having both TrueType
and Type 1 available in Windows=AE we're providing customers with the best
type solution regardless of whether they're working with
print or on-line documents."=20

Microsoft expects to incorporate OpenType into future versions of Windows
Operating Systems. Adobe plans to support OpenType in
upcoming releases of its graphics, publishing, dynamic media and Internet
products, beginning with an update to Adobe TM, Acrobat
TM, due out later this year. Adobe and Microsoft are also working together
to ensure that OpenType works with all Adobe PostScript TM,
printers and on cooperative type development for Windows 95 and Windows NT=
operating systems.=20

Based in Mountain View, Calif., Adobe Systems Inc. (NASDAQ "ADBE") develops
and supports products to help people express and
use information in more imaginative and meaningful ways, across all print
and electronic media.=20

Founded in 1982, Adobe helped launch the desktop publishing revolution.
Today, the company offers a market-leading line of application
software and type products for creating and distributing visually rich
communication materials; licenses its industry-standard
technologies to major hardware manufacturers, software developers, and
service providers; and offers integrated software solutions to
businesses of all sizes. For more information, see Adobe's home page at on the World Wide Web.=20

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software for personal computers. The company offers a wide
range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed
with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for
people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.=

Microsoft, OpenType, Windows, and Windows NT are either registered
trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States
and/or other countries. TrueType is a registered trademark of Apple Computer
Inc. Adobe, Acrobat and PostScript are trademarks of
Adobe Systems Inc.=20

For More Information, Press Only:

Renee Risch, Adobe Systems, (415) 962-2797,
Carol Bethune, Waggener Edstrom, (503) 245-0905,

For further details please see the information


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