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ComputerWorld: Users might eye Linux if Office were ported to OS

May 18, 2000, 23:18 (17 Talkback[s])
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"...if a breakup [of Microsoft] were to lead to development of Office for Linux, a good number of users said they would consider that alternative operating system, according to the survey of 104 information technology professionals working in companies of more than 500 employees."

"Only 23% of those surveyed favored the government's proposal to separate Microsoft's operating system business from its applications business, while 48% favored Microsoft's counter remedy. The remainder favored a variety of other options, ranging from breaking up Microsoft into more than two parts to leaving the company alone."

"In the poll, 39% said they would be "more inclined" to use the Linux operating system if Office and other applications were available for that system. Just over half said it would make no difference."

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