In an everlasting game of Linuxworld chess, Microsoft has made its next official move in response to the latest manoeuvre by the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL).
Speaking at the Linuxworld conference in London, Microsoft's head of platform strategy Nick McGrath officially killed any hopes for a Linux version of its Office productivity suite:
At Linuxworld in San Francisco last August, OSDL chief executive Stuart Cohen had asked Microsoft to port Office to Linux.
But in the game of chess between Linux and Windows, Office is the queen. And Microsoft isn't prepared to give up such a valuable piece.
Next to a browser, Office today is one of the "must have" applications for a credible desktop platform. And while OpenOffice.org backers will argue that they are ready to step up to the plate, many enterprises seem reluctant to agree – at least for now.
Short of complaining and whining, the open source community has its task spelled out: further improve OpenOffice to the point where it outshines Microsoft Office. Then the market forces can determine which is the better platform.
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