Microsoft has signed an agreement with Novell to allow Microsoft’s proprietary products to work better with Novell’s open source server platforms.
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The agreement between two old foes focuses on virtualisation, web services and document format compatibility.
Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said, “This is a new model and a true evolution of our relationship that we think customers will immediately find compelling because it delivers practical value by bringing two of their most important platform investments closer together.
“We are excited to work with Novell, whose strengths include its heritage as a mixed-source company. Resolving our patent issues enables a combined focus on virtualisation and web services management to create new opportunities for our companies and our customers.”
Novell chief executive Ron Hovsepian said, “Microsoft and Novell are enabling customers to take advantage of each other’s products where it makes sense in their enterprise infrastructure.
“We jointly believe that our business and patent agreements make it possible to offer the highest level of interoperability with the assurance that both our companies stand behind these solutions.”
The agreement means that Microsoft will now officially recommend SuSE Linux Enterprise platforms for users who want Windows and Linux systems.
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