Software & Apps MS Office Microsoft's Free Save as PDF Add-in for Word and Office 2007 by James Marshall Writer James Marshall is a pro journalist who covers technology and computer troubleshooting. He is also skilled with Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, and other word processors. our editorial process James Marshall Updated on May 06, 2019 bubaone / Getty Images MS Office Word Excel Powerpoint Outlook Tweet Share Email When you're distributing documents electronically, you can't count on the recipients having Word installed on their computers. Also, many people don't like receiving Word documents, even if they do have Word installed on their machines. That's because Word documents can contain malicious macros. So, the best way to distribute documents is in PDF format. Adobe Acrobat is the gold standard in PDF creation. But it carries a hefty price tag. If you only create PDF occasionally, you probably don't want to purchase Acrobat. Microsoft's update (SP2) to Office 2007 included the ability to save as a PDF.