Microsoft’s stance for decades was that community creation and sharing of communal code (later to be known as free and open source software) represented a direct attack on their business. Their battle with Linux stretches back many years. Back in 2001, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer famously tarnished Linux “a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches”. Microsoft also initiated its “Get the Facts” marketing campaign from mid-2003, which specifically criticized Linux server usage, total cost of ownership, security, indemnification and reliability. The campaign was widely criticized for spreading misinformation.
However, in recent years, there has been a partial shift by Microsoft to embrace the open source software paradigm. For example, some of their code is open sourced. Examples include Visual Studio Code, .NET Framework, Atom, and PowerShell. They have also made investments in Linux development, server technology and organizations including the Linux Foundation and Open Source Initiative. They have made acquisitions such as Xamarin to help mobile app development, and GitHub a hugely popular code repository for open source developers. And they have partnered with Canonical, the developers of the popular Ubuntu distro. But many developers remain hugely sceptical about Microsoft and their apparent shift to embrace open source.
This series looks at the best free and open source alternatives to products and services offered by Microsoft.
Microsoft Outlook is a personal information manager software system, available as a part of the Microsoft Office suite.
Though primarily an email client, Outlook also includes such functions as calendaring, task managing, contact managing, note-taking, journal logging, and web browsing.
Thunderbird is widely and deservedly regarded as an exceptional open source desktop email client, especially on Linux. It’s also a proficient personal information manager, news client, RSS and chat client.
Thunderbird is highly customizable, has a rich set of features, and is geared for both novices and professional users.
Evolution provides integrated mail, address book and calendaring functionality to users of the GNOME desktop.
Evolution makes the tasks of storing, organizing, and retrieving your personal information easy, so you can work and communicate more effectively with others. It’s a highly developed groupware program, considered by many to be an integral part of the Internet-connected desktop.
Evolution supports Exchange Server and a number of other email setups found in a corporate environment.
Kontact is a powerful PIM solution that handles your email, agenda, contacts and other ‘personal’ data together in one place. It consists of the Kontact PIM back end and the graphical applications connecting to the back end.
The suite includes KMail, a feature-rich email client that supports many protocols.
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|Alternatives to Microsoft's Products and Services|
|GitHub is a distributed version control and source code management functionality service.|
|OneNote is a note-taking program for free-form information gathering and collaboration.|
|Project lets you develop schedules, assign resource, track progress, manage budget, and more.|
|Yammer is a social-networking platform for organizations.|
|Bing offers search services, including web, video, image and map search products.|
|OneDrive is a file hosting service and synchronization service.|
|Outlook is a personal information manager that's primarily an email client.|
|Office is a family of client software, server software, and services.|
|Dynamics 365 is an enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management program.|
|Visio is a diagramming and vector graphics application.|
|Publisher is a desktop publishing application with focus on page layout and design.|
|To Do is a cloud-based task management application|
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