"Even as rumors circulate at the CeBIT trade show in Germany
that Microsoft is planning a version of Microsoft Office for Linux,
the company is denying the report."
"On Thursday, an executive at LinuxCare said he had heard
from several sources that Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is about to
offer a Linux suite, a move that would spin heads in the
anti-Microsoft Linux community."
"A long-standing criticism of Linux as a viable desktop
alternative has been the lack of user-friendly word processing and
spreadsheet applications, something Office could help remedy. While
Microsoft could potentially make money from offering Office for
Linux (if the expectations were not that it would do so for free),
the company has little reason to help the Linux platform
proliferate, as it competes with Microsoft's own Windows operating
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