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ShowMeLinux.com: What If Microsoft Made Linux Applications?

Aug 01, 2000, 15:17 (31 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Cartter)


Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers

[ Thanks to Chris for this link. ]

"Common knowledge tells us that, for web and email servers, Linux is generally a preferable platform to Windows NT, due to its speed, reliability, and price. Unfortunately, because Linux is hard to install, hard to use, and has few brand-name programs available, it is finding a hard time breaking into the average user's desktop. But... What if Microsoft were to port some of its products to Linux?"

"With more big-name applications becoming available on Linux, there would be some interesting changes. You would be able to sit at work, using a Linux-based machine running MS Office. Before you go home, you could email yourself the large, complicated document you've been working with so you can continue in the evening. When you sit at your home computer running Windows, you receive the emailed document and open it in MS Office. Because you are using the same program, the document files are identical. There are no inaccurate conversions between different document formats, no missing macros, etc."

"If big brand-name applications like Office were ported to Linux, consumers who just use web browsers and word processors would see that Linux is not only for college students and technogeeks. It's an operating system anybody can profitably use."

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