Microsoft and Novell Announce Broad Collaboration on Windows and Linux Interoperability and Support [Including Extended OpenDocument and OpenXML Interop Support]

by M. David Peterson

Microsoft and Novell Announce Broad Collaboration on Windows and Linux Interoperability and Support: Companies also announce a patent agreement covering proprietary and open source products.

REDMOND, Wash., and WALTHAM, Mass. -- Nov. 2, 2006 -- Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. today announced a set of broad business and technical collaboration agreements to build, market and support a series of new solutions to make Novell and Microsoft� products work better together. The two companies also announced an agreement to provide each other's customers with patent coverage for their respective products. These agreements will be in place until at least 2012. Under this new model, customers will realize unprecedented choice and flexibility through improved interoperability and manageability between Windows� and Linux.

"They said it couldn't be done. 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," said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. "We're excited to work with Novell, whose strengths include its heritage as a mixed-source company. Resolving our patent issues enables a combined focus on virtualization and Web services management to create new opportunities for our companies and our customers."


While there have been WAY TOO MANY signs over the last year+ that something like this would be taking place, it's still pretty amazing to see something as official as the above announcement take place.

Wow! Wow, WoW, WOW!

With the above in mind, some of the key "WOW" take aways from the above linked announcement include,