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CNET News.com: Government filing hints at Microsoft's Linux Plans

Oct 12, 2000, 20:50 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland, Wylie Wong)

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"As spelled out in a regulatory filing issued by Corel on Wednesday, Microsoft has the option of directing Corel to translate some or all of the .Net framework from its Windows operating system to Linux...."

"There will be some times when (customers) need to do it (.Net) on other platforms," Jim Ewel, vice president of Microsoft's Windows.Net server group, told CNET News.com on Thursday. "We definitely are aware that customers will have different heterogeneous environments. But primarily we are focused on Windows...."

"Corel is doing a lot of Linux work and we might be interested down the line. In case we ever need to, we have something in our back pocket," said Microsoft spokesman Jim Cullinan. "But we don't exercise (every) option in contracts, so I wouldn't read too much into it."

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