Adobe Reader Touch app for Windows 8 available in the Store ‘Review’

Win8 PDF reader

The official Adobe Reader Touch app for Windows 8 just made it to the Windows Store and the first good news is that you don’t need a “download manager” to get the PDF reader and the installation is noticeable lighter than the desktop program.

At first glance Adobe Reader is a straight-forward app, you can easily open PDF documents from emails attachments, via the web and of course from your local hard drive. Now if you compare this Windows Store app with the Microsoft Reader, Adobe Reader comes in second place as it lacks of basic features. For example, with Adobe you only get single page view and contiguous, while with Reader you also have the 2-page view option. Furthermore, Microsoft PDF app comes with more basic features, not yet found in Adobe Reader, such as rotate, info, and save as. However Adobe’s app has a better and more intuitive bookmarks feature. Overall the app work good and if you are accustomed to the brand, you’ll be happy to know that you can count with the app in either Windows 8 or Windows RT.

If you want to learn more, just install the app and click the big red Get Started button, which will open a PDF document with all the instructions you need.

Quick Tip: Do you want to set Adobe as your default PDF reader? Simple right-click any PDF document, select Open with, click or tap Choose default program. Make sure that “Use this app for all .pdf files” is check and click Adobe Reader.


  • Quickly open PDF documents from email, the web, or anywhere on your device
  • Easily find your most recently read documents
  • Use bookmarks to jump directly to a section in your PDF document
  • Quickly navigate through large documents using the Semantic Zoom thumbnail view
  • Tap on links in a PDF to open linked web pages
  • Share PDFs with other applications using “Share”
  • Email PDFs as attachments
  • View password-protected PDFs, annotations, and drawing markups
  • Search text to find specific information
  • Select single page or continuous scroll modes
  • Easily zoom in on text or images for a closer view



  • Category: Productivity
  • Languages: English (USA) and many more
  • Age Rating: 3+
  • Permission: N/A
  • Price: Free
  • Publisher:  Adobe Systems Incorporated
  • Download: Get it from the Windows Store

Supported architectures

  • x86/x64 (Windows 8)
  • ARM (Windows RT)
About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and