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The Register: MS Office blocks Linux progress on desktop, says VA chief

Jan 05, 2000, 16:12 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

"Office, not Windows, is Microsoft's real killer asset, according to VA Linux Systems CEO Larry Augustine. In an interview with CNBC yesterday Augustine described MS Office as "the one big application" in the desktop arena, and said Linux wouldn't make serious headway here until a strong enough rival appeared...."

"Augustine is however possibly being overly pessimistic, because although Microsoft's control of the platform and its strong grip on the OEM channel do make it difficult to shift the company off desktop machines, various flanking moves will eventually help rivals to erode its position. Increased use of Web-based applications, for example, could allow StarOffice to grow via the Star Portal system, while increased use of non-PC devices should start making desktop-based applications suites look less relevant."

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