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Microsoft Office for Linux?

Microsoft Office for Linux?

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) claims to have found out which sanctions the remaining nine plaintiff US states are demanding in the anti-trust proceedings against Microsoft. Microcsoft then has until the end of December to react to the input.

According to the WSJ Microsoft is to be obliged to continue to offer its Office programs for the Mac and also to produce a version for Linux. Microsoft is also to be forced to reintegrate support for Java into the Windows XP operating system. Judge Collen Kollar-Kotelly has now ordered another hearing to decide whether an out-of-court settlement between Microsoft, the plaintiff's nine states and the US Department of Justice can be accepted by the court. On December 10th, a hearing will also take place in Baltimore in a further process that Microsoft wants to end with hardware and software worth 1.6 billion US dollars (we reported). However, there were also complaints against this, as Microsoft could then also achieve a monopoly in the education sector. Steve Jobs, head of Apple, proposed yesterday that the money should be made available to a foundation that would decide on the further use.