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States’ proposal would ensure the longevity of Office for Mac

A proposal submitted by the nine states remaining in the antitrust case against Microsoft to a federal judge today calls for—among a number of things—a requirement that Microsoft continue to develop its Office software for the Mac, as well as adding support for Linux. A five-year agreement that Apple and Microsoft reached, which included Microsoft’s commitment to Mac software development, will expire in the fall of 2002, although regardless of the states’ proposal, Apple doesn’t forsee any changes to its business relationship with Microsoft. “We’re working closely with the Macintosh businessunit at Microsoft to bring out some great products, and we don’t see thispartnership changing,” Apple spokesperson Katie Cotton told The Wall Street Journal (subscription required).

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