"Microsoft Office System 2003 will crush forthcoming Linux
desktop offerings from Sun Microsystems and Red Hat by serving as
an XML-enabled front end to back-end systems and integrating
collaboration features, one key executive predicts.
"Jeff Raikes, group vice president of Microsoft's Productivity
and Business Services, said the integration of collaboration,
communications and XML support into the Office 2003 suite will
offer a far greater business value than what the open-source
competition can deliver.
"Sources at Microsoft said the company plans to launch Office
System 2003 in late September..."