The ReactOS project develops an open source operating system which strives to be binary compatible with Microsoft Windows. Though the ReactOS project is relatively small, its developers have made a good deal of progress in creating a platform which runs many applications built for Windows. The project has hired a new developer who will help get popular Windows applications running on ReactOS. "Today we are happy to announce yet another step. Hermès Bélusca-Maïto is being hired to make another most voted application, in the IGG campaign, work properly in ReactOS: Word 2010. You decided. We're working on making it happen! Hermès will be digging through the Word 2010 setup to understand why it doesn't work in ReactOS, which will hopefully open the door for other software setups to start working. He will also analyze the APIs that get called by Word 2010 itself, fixing the existing features and implementing the missing ones, in order to ensure a high degree of usability. We do expect that his Word 2010 work will have a significant impact on other office suites too." This work will likely benefit Linux users as ReactOS shares some technology with the WINE compatibility layer which allows Linux users to run many Windows applications.
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