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Newswire: The Office Linux rumour mill

Feb 26, 2000, 05:41 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Angus Kidman)

"However, I can easily see a motivation for Microsoft to spread a little disinformation about possible plans for a Linux Office offering; namely, to convince businesses who are thinking of using Linux in some circumstances that it's still wise to invest heavily in Office on other PCs. And in fact, the company has a fairly unhealthy history of doing just that..."

"This shows, I think, Microsoft's fundamental approach. Even on its own platform, it doesn't want to completely undermine the main version of Office; it'll offer file compatibility and a similar interface, but the whizzbang tools are staying with the cash cow. The wisest move for Linux enthusiasts is probably not to keep spreading or discussing the hype, but to embrace StarOffice. It's always safer to move with a product that's already here (and hey, it's free!)."

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