"Microsoft will fight the total cost of ownership [issue] with a very inexpensive office solution," he said. "I do not think that they will open source Office, but they will make it available to run on Linux desktops."
The software offers a free entry-level database in an effort to fight off competition from open source competitors.
Cohen claimed that Microsoft is starting to soften its stance against open source. "They are trying to cooperate," said Cohen. "They have now acknowledged that Linux is here to stay."
The change is attitude is limited to Microsoft as a company, he stressed, maintaining that Windows and Linux will remain fierce competitors.
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