(Bloomberg) -- Microsoft Corp. is making its database software available for Linux systems, stepping up efforts to court big corporations and win market share from Oracle Corp.

The core database parts of Microsoft’s SQL Server will ship for Linux, a customizable open-source computer operating system, in the middle of next year. Companies can sign up Monday for a private preview of the product on the Ubuntu version of Linux, and Microsoft is also working on a version for Red Hat Inc.’s software.

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