OST or Offline Storage Files represent the user's mailbox data in offline mode on the local machine upon registration with Exchange Server using Microsoft Outlook. It is automatically created on the first use of Microsoft Outlook upon connectivity with the server. Once the file is created, the data is synchronized with the email server so that it is available offline as well in case of disconnectivity from the email server.
Portable Document Format (PDF) is a type of document created by Adobe back in 1990s. The purpose of this file format was to introduce a standard for representation of documents and other reference material in a format that is independent of application software, hardware as well as Operating System. PDF files can be opened in Adobe Acrobat Reader/Writer as well in most modern browsers like Chrome, Safari, Firefox via extensions/plug-ins.
You can also convert OST into many other file formats. Please see the complete list below.