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The Register: MS signs up for Windows-on-Linux API

Aug 21, 2000, 14:10 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Smith)

"The key point here, though, is that very mention of other technologies. According to Mainsoft, Microsoft has used MainWin with Internet Explorer already, bring the browser to Solaris and HP/UX back in 1997. Extending that is really no big deal and barely worth mentioning, but the provision in the new contract for .NET versions of Office is. The only snag is that Mainsoft clearly can't... well... mention it."

"Linux gets just one mention in Mainsoft's release - not in connection to Microsoft's latest contract, but the company does describe MainWin as a "Windows platform for Unix systems, including Linux."

"Being about to do Office for Linux, doesn't mean to say it'll happen. But the Mainsoft confirmation of Microsoft's use of its technology for IE, does make a move toward the Linux world more likely."

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