We are reaching a watershed moment. According to rumors, Microsoft is planning to offer a Linux version of Office in 2014.
It is clear that Office, as proprietary software, will not regain the brightness of its glory years of the company. Microsoft’s program, despite competition, reigns supreme in quality and functionality for its users. It would not be a bad idea to create a version for Linux users, since they can also take advantage of such a product.
In doing so, Microsoft would be closing a much wider market, as it already offers MS Office for the two major operating systems on the market, Windows and OSX.
There are also rumors that MS Office can reach Android devices. The operating system for mobile phones and tablets, as you may know, is a Linux-based operating system, which means that when making a version for this operating system, a lot of portability work has already been done and will only ask for some adaptations for use on Android.
Although Linux is open source and still seen as a platform for enthusiasts, companies have even focused on expanding their market for Linux users. We have the example of Steam, the largest online gaming store in the world, that has opened a version for Linux and is making several games available to users of the system.
We can not say that portability is a certainty, but it would be a Microsoft master move. Today, those who have Linux need to do some gambiarras to use Office, have a Windows computer or look for other options in the market.
Already the Android version would be a way for Microsoft to contain competitors on the platform, since there are already many applications that can edit and view documents and spreadsheets on the platform.
We can not say with 100% certainty that this is the path that Microsoft will follow. However, it is a logical path for the company, which needs to innovate a little more in the mobile area to recover the lost market to the competition. Just wait a while and wait for news in the case.