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osOpinion: Why Corel Linux may spoil the future for Microsoft

Jan 11, 2000, 06:40 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nikato Muirhead)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"Several months ago I heard about Corel's dealings with GraphOn, and saw the possibility that Corel would bundle their Application server software with the then upcoming Corel Desktop Linux. I have to congratulate Michael Cowpland and the Corel team for thinking two steps ahead of Microsoft. I think Corel has realized that sooner or later most apps, especially the ones most crucial to Microsoft will be rented on the web. When I speak of crucial applications, I'm talking about Microsoft Office, what many consider to be Microsoft's only worthwhile application...."

"The ability to provide any software to any client remotely is definitely going to be profitable for Corel. I can imagine that Corel may sidestep Microsoft's distribution channel by offering Wordperfect, or even Office itself directly to their customers. Supposedly any company which owns a copy of a given program can distribute it to various clients locally or worldwide as they see fit. The assumption that one initially makes about the GraphOn technology is that it would be used in an office on a local area network, but if you read Corel's press release, you see that application distribution over the internet is enabled by the Bridges software...."

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