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WinInfo: Exclusive: Microsoft working to port its applications to Linux

Aug 16, 2000, 17:23 (50 Talkback[s])
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"The rumors pop up occasionally, but this time it turns out they're true: Microsoft is working closely with a company called Mainsoft to port its Windows applications to open source operating system Linux and, possibly, other versions of Unix. The complicated undertaking, which has been a work in progress for over a year, requires the companies to map native Win32 API calls to the Linux equivalents so that Windows applications will run normally in that environment. But the process is even more complex than it sounds, since most Microsoft applications--especially those in the Office suite--use a number of proprietary interfaces, and each application requires specific workarounds. The results, so far, have been disappointing."

"What they're doing, basically, is porting Microsoft's Windows applications to Linux," said an Israeli software developer I spoke with last week. "Mainsoft's research and development team, located in Lod, Israeli, is working with Microsoft employees from Redmond and a small group of developers from France, [where Mainsoft originated]."

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