Microsoft goes soft on Office, to debut Linux version by 2014

Microsoft goes soft on Office, to debut Linux version by 2014

Looks like Linux has finally challenged the dominance of decades of proprietary office document software.
As the market share of Android devices continues to make an impact Microsoft has already announced its Android port for Office Suite, their proprietary office documents management software.

Commercial Linux Games driving 2014 cross-over

Analysts firmly believe that the explosive growth of Linux on desktop, primarily driven by commercial gaming software, has driven the software giant to finally look towards open source compatibility.
This hugely interesting news grew viral at the Brussels, Belgium developers’ European meeting for open source (FOSDEM) in the last few days.
Typical open source ingenuity already offers technical solutions to run Office software on Linux through Wine, which is very popular in this segment, or the CodeWeavers’ CrossOver. However, these are ports and not a full native client.
Now, Microsoft itself has initiated an internal porting for Linux.

Linux penetration drives business sense in Microsoft

However, another major development on the Linux front has been the increase in the growth of governments implementing Linux. Most organizations, in several countries have found great cost advantages in using LibreOffice and OpenOffice over Windows Word.
As the volumes in number of users in the segment of organizations and governments for office software products grows, Microsoft is left without an option but to venture into the realms, it had vouched a long time ago not to enter.
Microsoft already contributing to Linux Kernel development
Microsoft has already begun the journey towards Linux platform with continual contributions to the Linux Kernel development process both technically and to the fund.
Hyper-V virtualization drivers are one such contribution.
Though Microsoft has not directly contributed to Linux desktop platform, they are continuing to maintain Skype for Linux.

Future of Opensource bright in the coming years

Open source users are delighted with the developments. However, the extent of value the new developments will bring to open source per se is a space to be watched.
Thanks largely to the growing numbers in Linux gaming categories across the world, Linux as a software is also making huge inroads into segments of users who were far removed from the developer-side of software platforms.
However the technical challenges and the wealth of  satisfaction Linux offers developers is growing and as the community grows in strength, so is the spill over to Linux desktop solutions.
Here is looking forward, to increased Linux use in the coming years!

  • Jose Santiago Caamaño

    by far the best analisis that i read in last days about this notice. You hit the target about the reason about ms movement.

  • curious

    Good analysis, but,

    I’ll believe it, when it actually comes out.

  • Rick

    Yeah, sometimes I forget to autopost my blog entries to April 1, too.

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  • Thomas Holbrook II

    We’ll see what happens.

  • ienuz12

    Yeah, not confirmed but it probably will happen considering the huge marketshare Android has. Who will live, will see.

  • djk123

    I’ll have to add another 32GB to my Android tablet to run MS Office.

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  • ChristopherRogers1991

    What open source people would be excited if office was brought to Linux? That would be terrible news, it would just allow proprietary office formats to continue to exist even longer. Office just needs to die.

  • Lance Stuetzle

    This would have been really big in 2006. Thanks Google Drive, LibreOffice, Android & Linux Mint(Ubuntu) for the liberation.

  • Carriet

    Who’s gonna Pay for MSOffice on Linux?

  • nazim

    look at the state of MS Office on the mac platform….there would be no point in having an MS office port unless they make that software as good as 2010/2007/2003…etc

  • kanaida

    Home users and admins etc… couldn’t care less. But office for linux finally means connectivity to exchange mail server (microsoft’s enterprise ones in place everywhere business). Basically by bringing office (or should I say outlook) to linux, this allows businesses to replace windows workstations for the most part. This was previously an obstacle where linux was desired for stability. I’m using linux right now as my everyday work pc, but i still run windows 7 inside because of certain requirements not met by other mail clients.

  • kanaida

    besides… if they don’t come out with it, someone in the linux world will eventually beat them to the punch.