"If the rumors are true and Microsoft releases a version of Office for Ubuntu, what will that mean for enterprises, for Ubuntu and for competing products like LibreOffice and Google Docs?
February 11, 2013
"Over the past couple of weeks, the Linux news headlines have been dominated with the unconfirmed possibility that Microsoft could be releasing its Office suite for Ubuntu users in 2014. Not too many years ago, the idea of Microsoft having anything to do with Linux would have been laughable. Yet thanks to Ubuntu's burgeoning popularity and its recent efforts in the mobile space, Ubuntu has fast become something of a media darling. Could this be a big enough splash that Microsoft has finally taken notice?
"Speaking for myself, I believe it's a serious possibility.
"Rationale for Ubuntu Support
"In a few short years, Microsoft has gone from bashing Linux to embracing many aspects of it. These days, Microsoft is a top contributor to the Linux kernel and also offers Ubuntu fans Skype for Linux. Despite continuing to push the idea that Microsoft products are better than open source alternatives, I think the company is beginning to accept the reality that Linux (Ubuntu specifically) is a force to be reckoned with."