Where Office Beats Linux

By Joe Wilcox  |  Posted 2009-04-28 Print this article Print


Office also benefits from the aforementioned tight integration along the vertical server stack, which works as a deterrent against adoption of competing software, particularly open source. Where Linux falls short is the stack from server to desktop. Linux's server success hasn't spread to the desktop, because there are simply too many missing applications up the stack and too few integrated benefits for the ones there.

Most importantly, there is no Linux equivalent to Microsoft Office, regardless of open-source community claims for OpenOffice.org. Office is what enterprises use and manage, and its formats contain most businesses' crown jewels of information. As long as most companies continue to use Office, Microsoft can pull sales to and from the server and desktop. Linux will be a nonstarter there until something replaces Office. There's no challenger yet. Limited ODF support within Office won't create a challenger.

But the many updates and tweaks in Service Pack 2 could create headaches for some IT organizations, particularly those operating supporting Microsoft server software. To download Office 2007 Service Pack 2, click here.

Joe Wilcox is editor of Microsoft Watch.


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