Microsoft’s Quickview software is an alternative to Adobe’s Adobe Photoshop, and Microsoft’s Office software has been criticized by the Federal Trade Commission for allegedly misleading users about how the software performs.
But it’s not clear which is better.
A report by the Wall Street Journal said Microsoft’s software is superior because it can automatically make changes to your document without needing to open a document.
But Quickview, which is designed for corporate users, is also not compatible with the iPad, according to the Journal.
The Journal reported that the FTC filed a complaint on Monday saying Microsoft’s new Quickview is misleading because it does not offer a “detailed, graphical interface for editing and creating documents.”
The FTC said Microsoft and Adobe failed to disclose that Quickview does not have a built-in document editing program.
In response to the FTC complaint, Microsoft said in a statement it’s aware of the report and that it is “continuing to investigate” the complaint.
The FTC, in a separate complaint filed in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York, said Quickview’s “attractive” interface makes it an attractive alternative for people who want a simple and easy way to create documents on their iPads and iPhones.
The agency also said QuickView is a “software application” that is “not intended for the purpose of being used by people who are not technically adept or skilled professionals,” and that QuickView’s “vague and misleading claims about its superior performance” make it “not a good choice for anyone who is not skilled in document creation.”