NEWS! Microsoft and Novell Expand Successful Interoperability Relationship

Microsoft Corp. and Novell
Inc. are announcing an incremental investment in their relationship to
meet accelerating customer demand for their business model solution,
which is designed to build a bridge between open source and proprietary
software to deliver interoperability and intellectual property (IP)
peace of mind for organizations operating mixed-source IT environments.

investment focuses on enhanced programs from Novell to provide tools,
support, training and resources for customers seeking an
enterprise-class Linux* platform and specifically, the optimal
interoperability solution between Microsoft Windows Server and SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server from Novell®. It also includes Microsoft’s commitment to purchase up to $100 million in certificates that those customers can redeem for expanded support from Novell that includes SUSE Linux Enterprise Server support and
support for moving toward an enterprise-class Linux platform. The
investments will take effect Nov. 1, 2008, and between now and then
Microsoft and Novell will solicit customer input and identify aspects
of the support programs that will be most useful to organizations
running mixed-source environments.




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