Robert Pogson

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Tradeoff: Desktop OS v Office Suite

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Tradeoff: Desktop OS v Office Suite

"heard this weekend in #Brussels that #Microsoft might release a native #Linux version of #Office in 2014."

see [Phoronix] Microsoft Looking At Office For Linux In 2014.

What it means is that M$ is willing to sell expensive licences/subscriptions of its office suite to addicts who plan to leave M$’s desktop OS rather than let them be lost forever. Since the chief cost of migrating to GNU/Linux may well be escaping the office suite, this could result in less net blood-loss to M$’s cash-cows.

5 Comments

  1. Mats Hagglund

    Linux is globally near 5-6% of non-mobiles and near 60% of mobiles (and near 70% of newest mobile devices Q4 2012).

    This move – MS Office to Linux – is another example how the Redmond Empire is near total collapse.

  2. oiaohm

    Also it will be interesting to see if MS Office on Linux has the same document transfer problems what plague MS Office on OS X.

  3. oiaohm

    This is exactly the kind of signs that do suggest the Linux Desktop is coming in some form.

    Microsoft Office release on Apple over doubled there desktop market-share at the time.

    Largest cost for Munich migration to Linux was leaving MS Office behind. Biggest road block to Migrating to Linux MS Office.

    Really the number of people who need items like AutoCAD, Photoshop… is less than 10 percent in most businesses. Office suite is kinda higher up.

    Interesting the timeline by the way 2014 fairly much lines up with Wayland progress.

  4. Robert Pogson

    George Hostler wrote, “if AutoCAD and other software houses move in that direction, the more the better.”

    If M$ leads, they will follow. I think M$ is seeing the writing on the wall. The web-stats are way low and the reality is that GNU/Linux is already closer to 10% share than 1%. M$ is seeing it’s office suite lose share to GNU/Linux. If it can run on GNU/Linux some of the bleeding will stop, at least for another year or two…

  5. George Hostler

    Microsoft is within their power to do so, and I think it is a step in the right direction. It is a different direction than they first pursued, which was total market domination of server, desktop and applications along with anti-competitive monopoly maintenance.

    I think it is a good sign to signal that Linux is here to stay.

    Now if AutoCAD and other software houses move in that direction, the more the better.

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