PDF Reader updated to open more PDF files and improve stability

PDF Reader

It has been a long time since Microsoft’s PDF Reader for Windows Phone has seen an update. The last update we covered took place nearly a year ago. Today we’re looking at a new update for PDF Reader that should make a handful of you happy. Let’s check it out.

So a year ago PDF Reader received a few updates with features and bug fixes for those features. What features? The ability to open password-protected files was the biggest (and most welcomed) change to PDF Reader. Today we have version 1.2 in the Windows Phone Store with the following changes:

  • Ability to open more PDF files
  • Better rotation and rendering of files
  • Increased stability and performance

While not a gigantic update at face value, it’s also appreciated. The new version of PDF Reader can open more PDF files. To be honest we haven’t encountered an instance where PDF Reader wouldn’t open a PDF file, but then again we don’t use PDFs too much. Let us know us if you’ve had troubles with certain files in the past and whether or not they’re working after the update.

PDF Reader also supports better rendering of files and improved rotation. You’ll also see stability and performance increased in this latest version.

Want to try out the new and improved PDF Reader for Windows Phone? Of course you do. So go to the Windows Phone Store to grab it or use the QR code below.

Thanks for the tip Kyle M!

QR: PDF Reader



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xandros9 says:

is there a reason to use this over Adobe's?
And where's (O)XPS support?

ahmedjan87 says:

No I don't think so

k0de says:

I agree. Adobe is the best everywhere. Soon it will mature nicely on WP8. I'll just wait for Adobe.

AngryNil says:

Are you kidding? Adobe Reader is the worst PDF reader on desktop, and it's pretty horrible on mobile as well.

SocalTouch says:

Adobe reader on WP is way better than MS PDF reader, especially when it comes to medium to large PDF files (anything with 150+ pages). Give them both a try and tell us your experience on WP.

BTW, I am not a fan of Adobe Reader on Windows 8 but WP is a total 180 from that.

Adobe PDF Reader is already on WP8

kurotsuki says:

Last time I compare those two, Adobe Reader on WP was have heavier process than Microsoft's PDF Reader and having crappy UI at that. I don't know about now though since I've uninstall that Adobe long time ago.

yangoshi says:

Adobe has better performance than microsoft's PDF reader

SocalTouch says:

+920 especially for large PDF files.

Theazogu says:

It does one thing that the adobe version doesn't : upload files to skydrive.

taymur says:

I think this one lets you share? I'm not sure.

And yes I remember I once tried opening sone PDF file IOS related ( don't know what it that) but it didn't open. So yeah, maybe those open now.

link68759 says:

Re: oxps
Come on Microsoft, I'm sold on your oxps format, now it would be wonderful if I could open up important things I've saved to oxps on my phone...

There's exactly one app that can do xps, and zero apps with oxps. I am disappoint.

luk3ja says:

it looks a lot nicer and supports HD devices whereas adobes app only has support for low res devices meaning that the graphics and logo are all gross and pixelated! maybe in future it will sync woth your tablet too and pc

F4RiS says:

Not for now sadly.

it's even worst thant Adobe's one.

it's a Microsoft app and it can't access PDF files on my microSD card....

We still need a PDF reader on Windows Phone.

Great update! Thx, Sam, my sweetie! <3

borasar says:

Sam, stop creating alternate accounts and hitting on yourself man!

akks says:

Same there,Daniel!

borasar says:

i'm not sure what that means

akks says:

Ain't u Daniel? ;)

He doesn't need to do this kind of thing... Everyone likes people who are charismatic even to write, like Sam. =)

Is this better than adobe's PDF viewer on wp8?

k0de says:

No. even with the update. I can't wait to see what Adobe will do with the update.

plasmid_uk says:

Well, Skydrive support for a starters and it's more secure compared to Adobe Reader. Are you not bored of the continuous security updates? I still appreciate the likes of Flash though.

carlosrdd says:

I like it more. It's faster and has more options.

Yes! Much more faster and simple!

It does handle legacy pdf files better & one drive support should be a + for most who flip flop between phones

ttsoldier says:

I prefer pdf reader over adobe reader...

Zooming in on files is much better on pdf reader.

Corben01 says:

Sexy... But when a file explorer ?

thaman04 says:

WP8.1 or WP9 dude... geez.

Genghis7777 says:

There is a third party one in the app store with a title "File Explorer"

Works great and nice to look at.  Also supports file transfer with pc.

ladydias says:

Hmm, I use PDF Reader Pro specifically because you can send PDF files with it. Does this or Adobe's reader let you do that?

Siah1214 says:

It lets you share using Skydrive.

kenzibit says:

Still no landscape mode??

Checki says:

i like to stick to apps made by MS / Nokia. So i use Bing weather, PDF (by MS), ...

i think its safer than using adobe or other 3rd party apps (battery drain, privacy (so i just send to MS, thats enough), other things).

PDF does its job.

If anything, MS is the third party. PDFs were invented by adobe.

unquiet says:

i use Quick1PDF Reader & Creator because you can send files via email and Integrate with SkyDrive also supports PDF Creation(A3, A4, A5, A6, Big Image, Standart Template) bla bla..


Hoorstiii says:

Had some problems with some PDF files from my university and it sometimes crashed on large files. Both issues are fixed with this version, but loading is still taking long.

Clodderes says:

Still too slow. Not as good as Adobe

I had a large Pdf file (something like 200mb All images) that made me experience frequent crashing e long loadings...
Now with the update it opens it lightning fast and with no crashes at all

This still doesn't support document navigation via built-in bookmarks and links.

pyrced says:

I just wish Microsoft or Adobe would add the ability to share pdf files over bluetooth/nfc to their pdf apps.

Carlos RJ says:

If you have PDFs in your storage, you can share them from the Office Hub (enable Bluetooth first, I don't know NFC).

FearL0rd says:

I wish they add PDF3D support

dvorak123 says:

Why is this still called pdf reader, drop the pdf in the name and add oxps support!

funkyGeneral says:

They need to update the Windows app as well. I think they make good readers, but definately could use some help in loading pages faster.

kittananj says:

I don't care about this, I love Adobe Reader more than this.

lkwah says:

There is another 3rd party PDF reader that is better

Pranay1995 says:

Adobe can't open files larger than 50 mb on my phone, is this same happening to others with the update of pdf reader..?

Live2Deliver says:

Still no way to share pdf files via BT offline?

pahutakz says:

Yes it's fast now but missing to view pdf files in SD cards and share via bluetooth

pahutakz says:

for those who need to browse pdf files to sd card just dowload the adobe pdf

BlackGoku says:

Adobe supports mem card too.I noticed it recently and that's the best thing ever.

marlasota says:

Why is this app further developed when there is a real deal in the app store? Why would anyone want to use this instead of Adobe Acrobat Reader?

A better PDF reader is fine too.
Has bluetooth , skydrive and sd card support. 

predragkov says:

There's no text reflow, auto-scroll and font settings...Wish it was more like PDF reader on IOS!