Maybe it's because the Microsoft-Novell pact hasn't been all that well-received in the U.S. Maybe it's because Microsoft needs a distraction from the disaster that is Windows Vista. Or maybe it's nothing more than that the two companies saw a large, relatively untapped market and decided to give it a try.
Whatever the motivation, Microsoft and Novell are moving into China, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The companies will be extending the reach of their "unusual alliance," Todd Bishop reported Sunday. To do so, they will focus on the large Linux market in China and court those companies that currently run Linux without commercial support.
the INQUIRER quotes Microsoft China's chairman as follows:
We recognize that our customers want to use Microsoft products in heterogeneous environments, and therefore we are pleased to offer this option to meet customer needs in one of the leading global markets.
There's no indication how much money the companies are funneling into the project, but the INQUIRER says they will push high-performance computing and virtualization technologies in China. To start, according to Boston.com coverage, People's Insurance Company of China, The Dairy Farm Co., and Dawning Information Industry Co. will buy licenses from Microsoft for Novell's SuSE Linux Enterprise Server.