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Microsoft may release Office for Linux

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    Bass
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    evildictait​or

    Why bother? The few Linux people that want to use it can already run it through WINE.

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    DeathBy​VisualStudio

    I agree with EvilD: Why bother? After all there is increasing number of governments and other organizations switching to Linux and using LibreOffice/OpenOffice as a result. Those folks certainly don't need Office anymore.

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    evildictait​or

    @DeathByVisualStudio: OpenOffice is pretty good actually. I've never played with Libre. Is it any good?

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    Kental2

    @evildictaitor: I have to disagree.  OpenOffice is tolerable if you never plan on interacting with someone that uses MS Office, and even then it's a little lacking in features (although you can probably get by if you only use it occasionally or for minor things).

    The second you try to send a document to someone with Word or open a Word document, prepare for a world of hurt.  The formatting is impossibly bad.  In addition, me and my mate were unable to get it to print anything remotely resembling what the document was supposed to look like but I'm not going to say that's indicative of the program since we're only a small subset of its userbase.  Could be a configuration problem or something.

    Also, I don't know if anyone else considers Outlook to be part of "Office", but that's a huge integral part of most companies I've worked for, and the US government at least as well.  I personally have had very little luck finding a mail client that handles Exchange properly.  Usually I'm told "Just use IMAP instead," which is a bit like me saying I want a car and being told to ride a bike instead.

    Anyway, sorry, I know this isn't a bash on OO thread.  I actually welcome the possibility of Office on Linux, personally.  I enjoy using Linux, and it'd be nice to not be forced into using OO as well if I choose to do so.

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    magicalclick

    I doubt they have that much resources to spare. Also when competing with free software, MS probably will just advice using SkyDrive. If it is really desired, I would rather make an Android version.

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    evildictait​or

    , magicalclick wrote

    I doubt they have that much resources to spare. Also when competing with free software, MS probably will just advice using SkyDrive. If it is really desired, I would rather make an Android version.

    That's true. Office 365 is already cross-platform and will work on Linux (although it being Microsoft, not free, not open source and holding documents in the cloud, I suspect a fair number of Linux users would rather poke their own eyes out with a spork first).

    The bit I don't understand is what the commercial driver for the Office team messing about with Linux would be. Porting Office to Linux is a lot of work (read: expensive), and the market of people on Linux who really want to spend real money on Office to run on their Linux desktop who don't already use OO, Libre, Office in a VM or Office on WINE sounds to me like a really tiny number of people.

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    elmer

    It seems thanks to the increasing market-share of Android devices and the rise of Linux on the desktop ...

    The Android part I can buy into, but the rise of Linux on the Desktop... Seriously?

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    DeathBy​VisualStudio

    , evildictait​or wrote

    @DeathByVisualStudio: OpenOffice is pretty good actually. I've never played with Libre. Is it any good?

    Some people say it's very liberating...

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    evildictait​or

    @DeathByVisualStudio: On fox news?

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    DeathBy​VisualStudio

    @evildictaitor: No they're a Windows & Office shop.

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    cheong

    I don't know. The Mac OSX is now BSD based. And Microsoft has been developed Office for Mac for years. The new Office for Mac have good chance to run on Linux with very little modification.

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    elmer

    , cheong wrote

    I don't know. The Mac OSX is now BSD based. And Microsoft has been developed Office for Mac for years. The new Office for Mac have good chance to run on Linux with very little modification.

    But even if it were that simple (I wouldn't know) why would MS want to provide an opportunity for business to migrate to Linux ? Office is currently pretty much a lock-in to Windows (with the exception of Mac) and so long as business uses office, MS are assured of Windows sales.

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    cheong

    @elmer:That's where the "I don't know" come from.

    Is true that the sales for Office in Windows/Mac is good enough, but if indeed adding Linux to the share require just a little compatiblity fix budget and the budget to create new test cases only, it may seems tempting for the marketing folks to extract cash from that market too.

    And I believe commercial oriented versions (non-free versions) of Linux could be interested to bundle MS Office instead of StarOffice or KaiOffice (both office software are not free). 100% compatible rendering of Office documents can make the distro a strong choice to these "companies using Linux as required by governement policies or coporate rules, etc".

    Office team is a seperate company in Microsoft, so their marketing effort need not take "lockdown customers to Windows" into consideration.

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    DCMonkey

    , cheong wrote

    I don't know. The Mac OSX is now BSD based. And Microsoft has been developed Office for Mac for years. The new Office for Mac have good chance to run on Linux with very little modification.

    Not likely. Only file access, networking, and other CLI/servery stuff  would be portable. A Mac Office port would need Cocoa/Carbon and other higher level UI platform frameworks.

    It's more likely (if this story is true at all) that MS has been keeping an internal build of Office working on top of WINE, just in case the mythical Year of the Linux Desktop ever comes to be.

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    evildictait​or

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    ... just in case the mythical Year of the Linux Desktop ever comes to be.

    Do you mean the one in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 or 2011?

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    Bass

    I've been using the Linux desktop since 1997 or so. Smiley

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