Yes, You Saw Microsoft at BrainShare '07

Lora Bentley

For the first time, Microsoft was invited to participate in Novell's annual BrainShare conference, according to ARNnet. Last week, the former rivals took center stage to discuss the details of the partnership pact that has ruffled so many feathers of late. Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian explained that the entire deal was about making the customers' day easier -- giving them interoperability. Linux and open platforms marketing director Justin Steinman told us the same thing not long ago in an IT Business Edge interview.


A "coffee table chat" between Microsoft's Craig Mundie and Novell's Jeff Jaffe focused on interoperability efforts. Both agree that the companies' respective operating systems will coexist and that interoperability is necessary, but each also admits that he will push his own company's product when interacting with customers. ARNnet quotes Mundie this way: "Let the games begin."


Customers like BrainShare attendee Brian McLeod are apparently happy with the deal. He says he hopes "it brings Novell more business." And as Gartner VP George Weiss says, Microsoft is less worried about losing business to Novell than it is about losing control of the environments running both Windows and Linux. The agreement with Novell allows Microsoft to maintain control.

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Mar 27, 2007 6:59 AM Roy Schestowitz Roy Schestowitz  says:
What is worrisome is that Novell avoided the real issue, which it is embarrassed about. The deal leads to many issues, even for Novell customers. Let's not forget about the expiry after 5 years. What happens then? What about Mono, OOXML, and other Microsoft technologies that Novell is embedding in Linux? Novell seems to have turned into a marionette and they do not mind this because their biggest reseller is now Microsoft, so they try to play nice. Isn't Microsoft also their biggest competitor? The whole scenario is laughable at the least... it only it weren't so sad. Reply

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