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CNET News.com: Sorting out the Office-on-Linux rumors

Aug 25, 2000, 06:29 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Wilcox)

"While scores of tech companies were tripping over each other last week to show support for the Linux operating system at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, Microsoft was busy squelching rumors that it is quietly developing a Linux version of Office."

"The trouble started when Paul Thurrot's WinInfo newsletter reported that developers connected with Microsoft partner Mainsoft said they had been working secretly on Office for Linux...."

"Whether there is a kernel of truth to the rumor remains a mystery, but one thing is certain: Mainsoft and rival Bristol Technology are the only two Unix and Linux developers with access to Windows source code and thus the capacity to undertake such a project. Both are porting other Microsoft products, such as Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player, to various flavors of Unix and are filling an important niche between Windows and competing operating systems."

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