Microsoft to ship Office 2007 for Linux? Possibly, but not likely

Posted on Friday, Jul 15 2005 @ 05:20 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Microsoft's stance towards opensource software is slowly softening and one of ZDNet's journalists says the company may soon start developing applications for Linux.
A few years ago, I would have been more skeptical. Making product for Linux might help to popularize the alternative platform, thus cutting into Microsoft's own operating system revenue. From a simple cost-benefit analysis, the cost of writing for the fast-growing Linux operating system market, in terms of lost sales, outweighed the benefit of sales into the channel.
But now it seems that opensource poses less of a threat to Microsoft's core business than previously thought. Read more at ZDNet


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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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