This is insane if it turns out to be true. According to the rumor reported by ExtremeTech, Microsoft is apparently planning to release Office suite for Linux in 2014. ExtremeTech reports that since Microsoft is already working to port Office to Android, it makes them easy to post to desktop linux as well.
According to this source, who is presumably one of Microsoft’s open source developers, Microsoft is taking a “meaningful look” at releasing a full Linux port of Office in 2014. The sudden change of heart is apparently due to Linux showing “commercial viability,” and because Microsoft is reportedly already working on Office for Android. Android, as you may already know, is a Linux-based operating system, meaning a lot of the porting work will have already been done — it shouldn’t take too much effort to take the next step and bring Office to Ubuntu, or whichever distro Microsoft favors.
Do you think Microsoft will release Office suite to target 1-2% of Linux PC users? I don’t think so.