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I have to agree with gruven. I would use it for the same reason. Many of my colleagues use MS Office and many of its advanced features. Sadly, Libre Office ...
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    I have to agree with gruven. I would use it for the same reason. Many of my colleagues use MS Office and many of its advanced features. Sadly, Libre Office just doesn't cut it. So I keep a virtual Windows machine almost exclusively for MS Office, which is a huge waste of resources and I would love to be able to run MS Office natively in linux (I don't like wine, but will use it on machines that are low on ram).

    I try and try to convert people to use things like LateX (which is 10^6 times more pleasant to work with than Word once you know how to use it), gnuplot, etc.., but it's tough to change peoples' minds away from things they've been using for years. There's more than enough free stuff with more than enough features to get just about any job done. But this is the world in which we live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oz View Post
    ... would you replace your current Linux office software with that created and sold by Microsoft?
    Only one thing I would like from M$, and that is that they make their damn suite fully compatible with OO/LO/Calligra or any other Open office suite that is available on GNU/Linux nothing less nothing more, until then I won't care if they release a version for GNU/Linux.

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    The news of this is all over the web now, but from all I can tell, Microsoft is neither confirming or denying that it will happen. Trying to think about it all from Microsoft's perspective, it seems to me that it would be a very bad move on their part, but there are undoubtedly factors involved that I'm not aware of, so maybe it will begin to make sense if it does eventually happen.
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    I am a keen Linux enthusiast and use Linux and other Open Source software for 99% of my IT requirements. But sometimes Microsoft products have the edge. Microsoft Access is one such example. In my opinion it beats the Libre Office and Open Office "Base" database hands down. In fact I have used windows in many cases only because of my preference for Access. If it could be used with Linux, I would get rid of my windows partition.

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    Well, however it turns out I read a things a few days ago where Linus was quoted as having said back in '98(?) that: "If micorsoft ever starts to make applications for Linux, then I've won".

    Azure is already built to run on top of and to play nice with *nix. And now there's this.

    With current trends though I doubt it would be an installable. Most everything is moving in to the browser and the "cloud". I'm thinking a remote framework would be easier than reinventing the wheel and coding everything from scratch. Besides, everybody is shooting for true cross platform on hardware now. MS wants 8 on everything. Canonical wants UB on everything.

    I think we're heading in the same direction with software.

    Soon it won't matter for the most part what my hardware architecture or my OS platform is, I'll be able to access my stuff anywhere.

    If they go that route I'd probably use it, so long as I could back up my docs locally.

    That would beat having to build a doze VM and the need to keep it sheltered from the world so it doesn't catch coodies.

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    If the full MS office suite is release on Linux, that would be a completely WONDERFUL thing!

    If there's one thing keeping companies from switching to Linux, my guess is Outlook support. Outlook is such a highly capable and highly used program, no business wants to run without it. The integrated scheduling, tasks, emails, contacts, etc is just too much for businesses to give up.

    I think this will open more people and businesses to the idea of running a Linux desktop distro.

    This all makes sense to me. Microsoft is slowly changing it's business model to adapt to today's market. MS knows it no longer enjoys a near monopoly over desktop computing, and as more services get transferred to the cloud and are subscription based. It seems they are slowly taking the Android approach: the operating system is merely a delivery vehicle of the app store and cloud services.

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    Excellent point. I didn't think about the idea that this may encourage some businesses to switch to Linux. It makes sense to me.

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    I don't see any need for it, I'm good with OSS. If I had a need, I'd just transfer my files to my wifes Win 7 machine and use the real deal.
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    I still can't figure out what is in it for microsoft. I don't think they'll ever get a lot of money from linux users, and if businesses start switching to linux because microsoft made it easier for them to do so, there must be some other catch. It's a real puzzle, but maybe we don't have all the pieces just yet. Of course, it could turn out to be just another rumor, so no puzzle to figure out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oz View Post
    I still can't figure out what is in it for microsoft. I don't think they'll ever get a lot of money from linux users, and if businesses start switching to linux because microsoft made it easier for them to do so, there must be some other catch. It's a real puzzle, but maybe we don't have all the pieces just yet. Of course, it could turn out to be just another rumor, so no puzzle to figure out.
    Microsoft knows it's losing market share due to new computing devices diluting the market. I suspect they might be working on an all platform mobile distro of .net, sort of like java. Write an app in .net, and it runs on all your tablets, phones, and computers. These mobile .net apps will be integrated with the MS version of the 'google play store.' You'll pay $10/mo for business email accounts for this software, and some other recurring fee for the MS office suite.

    PC sales are down. We have reached the plateau of desktop computing performance for business. MS needs to innovate new revenue streams if it wants to be a player 10 years from now.

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