Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jun 2007 16:04 UTC, submitted by davidiwharper
Linspire Linspire has announced an agreement to license voice-enabled instant messaging, Windows Media 10 codecs, and TrueType font technologies from Microsoft for its Linux distribution. Additionally, Microsoft will offer protection to Linspire customers against possible violations of Microsoft patents by Linux.
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RE[3]: It all makes sense
by jayson.knight on Thu 14th Jun 2007 18:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: It all makes sense"
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"As far as support costs go...what support? You don't get any kind of support when you buy the Windows/OS X version of Office, why would it be any different for the Linux version?"

Depending on the version you buy, you get a set amount of free calls to MS for issues. Not to mention that MS has to also train their entire Office support staff not only on Office, but on Linux basics as small feat.

"Since Linux has roughly the same market share as OS X, and MS did put out an OS X version, I believe the answer is yes."

Perhaps, but are those same number of users willing to shell out hundreds of dollars for Office? Mac users are, but they come from a different mindset than Linux users.

"I hope you realize how condescending that sounds."

I meant Linux as a platform needs to prove to MS that a port would be profitable.

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