Report: Microsoft Mulling Office for Linux for Next Year

Microsoft is said to be considering releasing a version of Office for Linux. Phoronix reports that Microsoft is taking a 'meaningful look' at producing Office for Linux in 2014.

Earlier this week, Michael Larabel, founder of Phoronix, tweeted that he had heard Microsoft was looking into producing Office for Linux next year. Larabel expanded on that tweet in a blog post published on Phoronix this week. According to Larabel, the information comes from a source he spoke to during the Free Open-Source Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) this past weekend. This source told Larabel that Microsoft is taking a "meaningful look" at a full port of Office for Linux. The reason for Microsoft's increased interest in Linux is apparently due to Linux showing signs of commercial viability on the desktop.

Indeed, with Microsoft rumored to working on Office for Android, the idea of Office for Linux is pretty plausible (the Android OS is itself based on Linux).

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  • twelve25
    I can't see Linux users being willing to pay $100-400 for an office suite.
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  • Anonymous
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    Whats wrong with Libre Office?

    It doesn't make MS any money, duh.
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  • Anonymous
    Whats wrong with Libre Office?
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  • Anonymous
    Ever tried to exchange non-trivial documents with people using Office on Windows?
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  • Anonymous
    Quote:
    Whats wrong with Libre Office?

    It doesn't make MS any money, duh.
    16