Using the standard is important. Although a server is a Linux user and moves comfortably with LibreOffice, sometimes they ask me for jobs that I have to edit with Microsoft Office. For this reason, many Linux users look from time to time what options we have to use the famous office suite launched by Bill Gates almost three decades ago, many of us end up going to office.com and other turn to software like WINE. All of this could change in the not too distant future.
The promise comes from Hayden Barnes, an Ubuntu / Canonical developer on WSL and Hyper-V. Barnes who promises to get Microsoft Office running on Ubuntu 20.04 without the aforementioned WINE "no emulation" software, but also without being cloud-based or in GNOME in WSL. The demonstration videos have been published on the social network Twitter, where we can see how both Word and Excel run on Ubuntu 20.04 with decent performance.
Microsoft Office on Ubuntu 20.04 without WINE
Word on Ubuntu 20.04. Very usable on an i5-6300U with just integrated graphics. It is not WINE, remote / cloud, or GNOME on WSL. It is something else I put together. Next, I plan to add working file associations. pic.twitter.com/nGQ8USeR0m
- Hayden Barnes (@unixterminal) April 30, 2020
Word on Ubuntu 20.04. Very usable on an i5-6300U with integrated graphics. It is not WINE, remote / cloud or GNOME in WSL. It's something else I put together. Next I plan to add working file associations
At this time, Barnes does not want to elaborate on how he achieved this feat, but confirms that Microsoft Office is running in a container on Linux and that it is a complete application running locally without relying on any webapp or the cloud. At the time when development is at a more advanced stage, the developer will share more details and, why not? We will also find out if the system used can work in other types of software, which would be even more news. important.
Personally and for the works that I edit in Word, office.com is more than enough, but can you imagine that thanks to Barnes we could use all the Windows software on Linux? Well, it has always been said: dreaming is free.