Microsoft makes online Office play, but not for Linux
Microsoft yesterday announced a beta of its Microsoft Office Live Workspace beta, an online platform were users can store documents and share them with others. Reviews of Microsoft Office Live Workspace have been varied but if you’re running Linux you won’t get to use the Live Workspace at all.
Visiting the Microsoft Office Live Workspace promises to allow users to store as many a 1000 documents online and share them with colleagues. Sounds good. Unless you try and sign up for the free service and you’re running Linux. If you are running Linux then you’ll be greeted with a screen informing you that you’ll need to be running a version of Windows or MacOSX and either Internet Explorer or Firefox (good to see Firefox in there).
In fact, that is just one of the many restrictions on using Microsoft Workspace. To use the site you not only need to be running Windows but you also need to be the proud owner of a copy of Microsoft Office on your work PC. Unlike Google Apps you’re not able to create documents online. You need to do that on your local PC using Office and then store them online.
Without a copy of Windows to hand we can’t really provide a review of Workspace but it does seem a pity that while Microsoft makes pledges to be more open with open source applications it continues to exclude users on the basis of their software.