Office 2007 on Linux

Couples of years ago Microsoft moved their website microsoft.com to a Linux based server because their lovely servers couldn’t stand the attacks caused by a virus that kept pining their website which the virus was installed on millions of lovely OS; windows.

Couple of weeks ago we heard about the Office 2007 demo; guess what? it’s running on linux.

Who woulda thunk it? The new Office 2007 Preview online demo is being served up from an Apache/Linux box!

When I first saw the story on CNET, I tried following the link in the story which took me to a Microsoft site. So far, so good.

The Microsoft site has a nice orange button called “Test Drive Office”. Even better: orange is one of my favorite colors, as any Kerika user knows! Clicking on this button takes you to a site that’s hosting the online Office preview. Which promptly died, presumably from the unexpectedly large traffic generated by the CNET story, although I can’t help thinking that they ought to have expected a high volume of visitors given the publicity they were cranking up around Office Live.

But the way the site died was interesting: it threw a “JAR” error. Wait a minute… a JAR error did you say? That’t what you get when a Java program dies! What does that have to do with Office 2007?

Intrigued, I decided to check out the site that’s hosting the Office 2007 demo: I looked up “runaware.com” on WhoIs and found that it is operating from Sweden, and is not a Microsoft-owned site after all. Then I used NetCraft to see what the runaware.com site is running and guess what? It’s a Linux+Apache environment!

Go figure.

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[tags] linux, microsoft, office, 2007, demo [/tags]