Though Microsoft would probably wish that things were different, these days we come across the ubiquitous PDF almost constantly. The wonderful thing about the PDF is that just about anyone can read it, which isn't always the case with documents created in a word processor. While a lot of people have Microsoft Word, not everyone does, and not everyone that does has the same version.
Creating PDF files can get expensive if you choose to do so with products from Adobe, howver, which means that getting documents that everyone can read isn't alway cheap. Fortunately, there is a solution. Using one piece of software, you can easily create PDF files from any application, and using another application, you can even edit them as well - without a huge investment!