FreeOS.com: Microsoft Office for Linux?Oct 28, 2000, 18:29 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Prakash Advani)
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"If Microsoft really decides to come out with Office for Linux, it will be the best thing to happen to Linux since the Operating System has been in existence. It isn't that there aren't other office suites for Linux. Or that I'm a Microsoft fan! It's more of a perception issue that users have which needs to be tackled."
"Many people interested in trying out Linux often want to know if their favorite application runs on Linux. The most popular applications are Word and Excel, since they've become the de facto Office suites under Windows. People are more interested in knowing if these would run under Linux. They often ask, 'Does Microsoft Office run on Linux?' Most Windows users don't really go around fiddling with the operating system, but use it only to run the application. They aren't as interested in learning, or using, the underlying OS. They're happy as long as their favorite application runs! If Microsoft Office does run on Linux, it would probably compel these users to switch to Linux."
"Does Microsoft have enough reasons to support an alternative platform? Since the time Microsoft released Office for the Macintosh, it has now become the de facto Office suite on the Mac platform. It also generates a great deal of revenue for Microsoft. It makes good sense for them to support Linux also because Linux is the fastest-growing OS and is already making inroads into the desktop segment."