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Microsoft Looking At Office For Linux In 2014 according to Phoronix

Foldo (2289004) writes | about a year and a half ago

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Foldo (2289004) writes "Michael Larabel, a journalist at Phoronix, reported: "From a source in Brussels, Belgium during the Free Open-Source Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) this past weekend, I was informed that Microsoft is having a "meaningful look" at a full Linux port of Office thanks to Linux showing signs of commercial viability on the desktop. Right now some versions of Microsoft Office will work under Linux via the use of Wine or CodeWeavers' CrossOver to varying extents, but this port being evaluated internally at Microsoft is a fully native implementation. Evidently there's already some port to unknown completion that has been done internally at the company. " This rumor sounds plausible since Microsoft is very likely to release Office for Android, along with iPhone and iPad the platform gaining popularity thanks to recent commercial gaming initiatives (e.g. Steam for Linux). But with Linux users already using LibreOffice and other office suites, would Microsoft really have a chance to make money with?"

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Good or bad? (1)

bio_end_io_t (2771123) | about a year and a half ago | (#42820805)

I'm actually torn on this one. As much as I despise Microsoft products, if adding office to Linux allows industry to upgrade from Windows machines to Linux machines, i.e., helps bring Linux into the mainstream, then it's not a bad thing. Also, since I use R for my statistical/plotting software and vi for word processing, adding Office to Linux wouldn't affect me directly. And that annoying paper clip should be replaced with cowsay.

Blind Squirrel Theorem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42821141)

Look, just because Phoronix was finally right about something (the Linux port of Steam) doesn't mean they've escaped the "blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes" category of crackpot websites.

Doesn't Microsoft already have a version of Office that works under Linux? Like, the cloud-based subscription-o-matic Office that runs in browsers? Google didn't make a version of Google Docs "for Linux", but it sure runs there...

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