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ZDNET UK: MS Windows vs. MS Office?

May 02, 2000, 11:32 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

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"...The DoJ and 17 of the 19 states that sued Microsoft for antitrust violations -- a group that last Friday proposed a remedy of breaking Microsoft in two -- are arguing that a Microsoft Office company would have incentive to port Office and BackOffice applications to non-Windows platforms. The resulting availability of Microsoft applications on Linux, Unix, the Mac OS and other platforms would propel demand for these products, the government argues."

"Some software developers agree with this future scenario; others think Office or BackOffice for Linux might do little more than kill off Microsoft competitors in these markets and leave customers with fewer choices."

"'The market pressures are there for Microsoft to embrace Linux. A number of OEMs might come around to adopt Linux if Microsoft ends up backing it,' said Ransom Love, president and CEO of Linux vendor Caldera. 'Corel and Sun/StarOffice would face new, significant competition, but at least (a breakup) would create a level playing field. ... And Microsoft would benefit from working on Linux, too. Maybe they'll finally get their apps to run better on ... a better-written multitasking OS.'"

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