"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
"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
"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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