Microsoft Office for Java waiting in the wings

Although Microsoft has publicly stated that it has no plans to alter the monolithic structure of the massive Office 97 suite, the Redmond company is quietly developing an all-Java version of Office. According to TechWeb, "Microsoft is working on a 'light' version of Office for Java," said a source familiar with the development effort. "They don't want to be two years behind, so they've started developing it now."

Microsoft won't ship the Java Office unless competitor's products--like Corel WordPerfect Office for Java--are successful. Corel's Java Office will ship next Monday

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