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ZDNET UK: Microsoft denies it will port its Office suite to Linux

Feb 25, 2000, 17:55 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Barry)

[ Thanks to Jane Wakefield for this link. ]

"Following speculation that Microsoft is intent to port its Office suite to Linux, the world's leading software company has flatly denied any involvement with the open source phenomenon."

"Openly proclaiming its distaste for the very idea of working with or for Linux, a senior company representative told ZDNet that while there may be a minority of those interested in the OS, Microsoft wasn't one of them...."

"Quizzed on whether the software giant might feel that creating a Microsoft distribution of Linux could be a prudent move in the long term, Gittins seemed almost indignant. "What you have to ask yourself here is what the possible benefit would be. I really do believe that competition is great, but I just don't understand the proposition that they [LinuxCare] are making. What would the benefit be?"

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