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  • #11
    Photoshop when?

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    • #12
      Originally posted by BO$$ View Post
      And no it won't be open sourced but only zealots care about that.
      Generalizations, is rarely a good thing.

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      • #13
        How reliable can this rumor be ? There were no developper from Microsoft at Fosdem as far as I know. At best, if it is true, someone heard it from a friend working at Microsoft. More likely, someone working at Microsoft (but not in the MS Office team) said to a friend that with Valve pushing Linux, they might consider porting MS Office to it if it is a success. And by the time the rumor reached Michael's hears, they had a native port on the way... I don't trust that at all.

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        • #14
          Originally posted by AGui View Post
          How reliable can this rumor be ?
          Office for Android? Sure, why not?

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          • #15
            Unless they are writing it from scratch with a whole new team... No. Ain't happening.

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            • #16
              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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              • #17
                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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                • #18
                  Originally posted by rrohbeck
                  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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                  • #19
                    did hell freeze over?

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                    • #20
                      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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