March 26, 2001, 9:54 AM —
LinuxWorld managed to collar Rene Schmidt, executive VP of Corel's Linux product group, and ask him a few questions about the impact of the announced investment by Microsoft in Corel on Corel's Linux plans.
LinuxWorld: Why the partnership with Microsoft?
Rene Schmidt: Fundamentally -- you've probably heard [new Corel CEO] Derek [Burney] mention it in the past -- the friendship that we've had in the past with Microsoft is something that we want to bring back to the mainframe. [We want] to work together on the initiative because we recognize some of the same directions that Microsoft is taking with the .Net platform.
That is something that we are very interested in, bringing our applications to the Web. And that really fits in very nicely. It's kind of like what we did back in Windows 95, when we created Win95 versions at the same time as the launch of Windows 95, and it was really cool to work together towards a successful new platform.