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  • #16
    Unless they are writing it from scratch with a whole new team... No. Ain't happening.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by elanthis View Post
      Unless they are writing it from scratch with a whole new team... No. Ain't happening.
      Why is it needed to write it from scratch? Did they do that for OSX?

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      • #18
        Almost -

        Originally posted by RussianNeuroMancer View Post
        So he won already, because there is Skype.
        I wouldn't count skype as it already existed for linux, and since microsoft bought skype they appear to have merely tolerated the existence the linux port, and have done nothing of interest with it. Google hangouts offer greater functionality than skype. Now, if ms were to offer a linux version of office, that would be a whole new level of support.

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        • #19
          I like the idea

          We have a number of people, myself included, who run Linux on their desktops (although not officially sanctioned by IT) since we develop for Linux. So we generally have to run a VM with Windows for Office, especially Outlook. That's a hassle I could live without.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by rrohbeck View Post
            We have a number of people, myself included, who run Linux on their desktops (although not officially sanctioned by IT) since we develop for Linux. So we generally have to run a VM with Windows for Office, especially Outlook. That's a hassle I could live without.
            Same here. crossover office works OK, but it would be better to have native support.

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            • #21
              did hell freeze over?

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              • #22
                Originally posted by brosis View Post
                People run from Microsoft. Microsoft old strategy - lock up everything and shit on every other platform. That failed. Microsoft new strategy - pursue the people to their new platforms.

                I am more than sure that new "solutions" will be feature reduced on non-microsoft systems, will work with non-microsoft documents very badly and will do everything to advertize microsoft platform.

                I am not expecting wonders from the shit company of this scale.
                This.

                Besides, Microsoft has numerous documented incompatibilities between Office files saved in the 32 and 64 bit versions, is it any wonder that other people can't properly support Microsoft's formats when Microsoft can't even support their own with the source code right in front of them? I'd have low expectations for the Linux port based on this.

                Microsoft and Intel were partners in crime in upholding each others monopoly and shutting out any competition. I guarantee you that Microsoft gimped Windows 8 on ARM solely because Intel made them do it. Wintel is being relegated to the rubbish bin of history, I imagine their leaders are losing a lot of sleep over this (but probably Microsoft more than Intel).

                Wall Street is mostly to blame, when you start a business and make $10 billion in a single quarter, Wall Street expects it of you always. You can't tell those greedy bastards that "Well, making $10 billion that quarter was fluke, the market conditions were perfect, and there was little competition. Realistically, we can only sustainably bring in $2 billion a quarter". Nope, Wall Street expects you to find new and shadier ways to continue bringing in even more money, which usually involves screwing your customers for as much as you can take them for.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by BO$$ View Post
                  It would be a fabulous move from Microsoft that would help both them and linux to gain even more market share. And no it won't be open sourced but only zealots care about that. The rest want to use office and would gladly to that on linux if it were available.
                  Exactly. I'd welcome a Linux port of MS Office. If it sucks, hey I still have LibreOffice. I love having CHOICE to use whatever fits my needs, not what someone else thinks I should use.

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                  • #24
                    What's next, Internet Explorer for Linux?

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by leif81 View Post
                      What's next, Internet Explorer for Linux?
                      Actually that have been done before in the past, there was a IE 4 Linux version 1.0 or something, but as quickly as it appeared, it disappeared again. Sadly I can't find a link now but it was there a few years ago.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by porkbutt View Post
                        Besides, Microsoft has numerous documented incompatibilities between Office files saved in the 32 and 64 bit versions, is it any wonder that other people can't properly support Microsoft's formats when Microsoft can't even support their own with the source code right in front of them? I'd have low expectations for the Linux port based on this.
                        I might agree with you IF they hadn't decided to switch over to the strict version of OOXML with Office 2013. You know the one that's actually their ISO standard rather than their lolStandardsWereGoingToUseExtensions one. That said I do expect to see a level of feature disparity where features are coming to Windows first.
                        Last edited by Luke_Wolf; 02-06-2013, 01:39 AM.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by n3wu53r View Post
                          Why is it needed to write it from scratch? Did they do that for OSX?
                          Yes, they did. The OS X office is a completely different codebase from Windows Office.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Apopas View Post
                            Generalizations, is rarely a good thing.
                            Comments made by BO$$ are rarely a good thing.

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                            • #29
                              This'll be great if it was true.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by curaga View Post
                                Yes, they did. The OS X office is a completely different codebase from Windows Office.
                                Rubbish. The core code would have been reused and only the GUI would have been written from scratch.

                                If your going to make such clearly wild claims please at least attempt to provide some evidence.
                                Last edited by timothyja; 02-06-2013, 04:14 AM.

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