Microsoft: No MS Office for Linux

The rumors just won't die: Someone, somewhere is working on porting Microsoft Office to Linux. This week's version making the rounds online: IBM Corp. is extending its Linux commitment with a Linux version of the productivity suite. On Thursday, however, Microsoft Corp. poured cold water on the reports. "Microsoft has no plans to work with IBM on porting Microsoft Office to Linux," a Microsoft spokeswoman told eWEEK.com. As for porting Office to Linux in general, she said, "It's not happening." The latest round of speculation was prompted by

remarks to ComputerSweden magazine by Stefan Pettersson, technical manager for IBM's Lotus division in Sweden.

"It will be possible to run the Office package on the Linux platform. Exactly how it's done, I can't reveal right now," Pettersson said, according to the article. "But we're working together with Microsoft, who have provided us with part of their code. We've worked together like that previously." It's long been possible to run Office on Linux using emulation programs such as CodeWeavers Inc. CrossOver Office and its open-source sibling WINE, both of which work by emulating Windows application programming interfaces on Linux and Unix. With them, users can run Microsoft Office 97, 2000 and XP successfully on Linux today.

News source: eWeek

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