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ZDNet: MS Office on Linux? Not likely

Feb 24, 2000, 21:37 (18 Talkback[s])
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"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 systems."

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