Simple and clear. This is Microsoft’s answer to a natural question that came after the software giant announcement that its Office suite will be available for Mac.
Not even the Linux community isn’t thrilled about this idea. But the question had to be posed because Microsoft announced Office’s availability for Mac.
At the LinuxWorld conference in London, Nick McGrath, head of platform strategy at Microsoft, told that his company had no intention to rebuild the application for Linux. “Microsoft is 100 percent focused on Windows: We have invested billions of dollars in it. We have created Office for the Mac but-and I thought I had been clear on this already when I said ‘No’ – we have no plans at this time to build Office on Linux,” he said.
Linux tends to take some of the Mac’s market which is already small. After the release of OpenOffice.org and StarOffice, a new office suit (especially from Microsoft) will be obsolete.
Matt Asay, the director for Linux Business Office at Novell said at the conference that the open-source community shouldn’t think about Microsoft’s intentions anymore and to focus on its own plans. “We need to get over our fixation with Microsoft. The question is not what Microsoft is doing. It is, what are we doing? The open-source movement is a bottom-up, not top-down, action,” Asay said.
“We should be talking about how we can use the benefits of open source and Linux to leapfrog what’s out there at the moment. After years of eating into Unix, Linux is finally starting to take market share from Unix on the server,” Asay added.