Microsoft Office Finally Coming To Linux?

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If rumors to believe, Microsoft Office will have its own native application for Linux operating systems. The talk of Microsoft bringing its flagship office product to Linux came out from last week’s Free Open-Source Developers’ European Meeting (FOSDEM). As the rumors suggest this could happen as early as 2014.

Microsoft Office for Linux

Is MS Office needed for Linux?

MS Office has been away from Linux for good many years. It has forced users to look for other alternatives to Microsoft office in Linux. But ask any new Linux user (not the religious Linux followers) who has ever used MS Office, he is seldom satisfied with the other office products available in Linux world. The truth, which might hurt many Linux lovers, is that till date no office product has been as good as MS Office. The newly released LibreOffice 4.0 claims to be the best contender of MS Office, but it is too soon to validate its claim.

Does this rumor has substance?

Well, yes. It does seem so. Desktop Linux has user base has grown significantly in past few years. It is not the geek’s den anymore. More and more average users are opting to Linux now. Interoperability of MS Office with other Linux office products has always been a concern for many. Even if Linux office products open the .doc or .docx files etc, the formatting is never the same. MS Office now has a market in Linux and Microsoft would surely try to explore it.

The rumor got more support from the fact that Microsoft has planned mobile version of MS Office for Android and iOS. Microsoft also crafted a special version for ARM powered Windows 8 users. It all suggests that Microsoft is expanding its presence in all the platforms. Also, Android is built on Linux kernel. If Microsoft is bringing it to Android, it could also be working on its Linux version.

Will it be free like many Linux applications?


  • Linux Millitant

    Fuck who needs Micro$hit office.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      People who just switched to Linux and are accustomed to MS Office.

      • aggelalex

        WPS, for a free alternative.

  • Danny Damsky

    We all love LibreOffice 4.0, but it doesn’t have as well language support as does MSOffice, if anyone tries to write something in more foreign languages, Hebrew for instance, it will open up just fine as an ODT file format, but if you save it as DOCX, (which I have to because at my workplace there’s MSOffice installed on the PC’s) it will open up all messed up and unsorted, you will practically have to remake the whole thing over again on MSOffice. So even if you don’t like MSOffice, please support Microsoft if they’re willing to port it for some people may require it for basic daily needs, people who don’t want to use Winblows.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      I agree with the compatibility issue between files saved in doc format between LibreOffice and MS office. It is not that LibreOffice (or any other Open Source product) does not want to support MS Office. The restriction comes from Micirosoft on the contrary.

  • Mohammed Hosen

    i love Linux & every thing that’s opensource & GNU based…but SERIOUSLY if microsoft has decided it would offer MSOffice for linux, i would buy it ” although i had NEVER bought ANYTHING from microsoft”…i would buy MSoffice because i think it would encourage MS to be on the Linux side. i ” of course ” see MS as RUDE & CONTROLLING COMPANY…but i also see it as a COMPANION to LINUX..why should we ever fight, while we can do alot of things together ??? i mean , imagine Linux with .Net support , ” and further on …Adobe photoshop capabilities , Macromedia apps for Linux , Games ” including those for EA sport for linux!?!?!?!? this would give Linux it self a HUGE oppurtunity to spread. remember that many people are “afraid” of substituting windows with Linux , because of fear of not being able to do some of there daily activities ” such as gaming , photo-editing , movie making..etc”….just think about it with an open-mind.

    • aggelalex

      I think that it’s a trojan MSOffice for linux

  • aggelalex

    Why use MSOffice? MS company is very rude and controlling company. You do not need MSOffice because *.odt format is supported for MSOffice in windows. Also, there’s something I do not like right here because we all know the rudeness of microsoft and I think that in that programme they won’t forget to put a linux-compatible trojan in it.

  • Nol

    MIcrosoft Office is a great tool and big one, has a lot of features. If they want to join Linux that is good as long as they comply with Linux Policies.