The Meta Group (via CNet) has its own opinion on why Microsoft pumped $135 million into Linux-friendly software developer Corel: "Microsoft is propping up
the only effective competitor to Office and thereby buying
insurance against a future Justice Department lawsuit.
In addition, this deal is a side bet on the Linux market and could be
the start of a Microsoft strategy to port its .Net technology to Linux in
a controlled way, while limiting Microsoft's own risk."