Microsoft's Linux partnership with Novell, an outright success

Microsoft and Novell have celebrated the first year of their interoperability agreement as they announced that they manage to get 30 new corporate and public companies to join their program to receive Novell certificates for three-year priority support subscriptions for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

These organisations join the ranks of all other Microsoft and Novell customers that are benefiting from the collaboration between the two companies to enable IT interoperability and IP peace of mind in mixed-source environments.

Beyond this customer momentum, the two companies continue their technical collaboration on solutions to help customers work more efficiently in the areas of virtualization, standards-based management, directory and identity federation, and document format compatibility.

Indeed, Microsoft and Novell engineers are now working closely in the Microsoft and Novell Interoperability Lab in Cambridge, Mass., running automated tests to ensure the interoperability of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 with Windows Server virtualization and Windows Server 2008 with Xen.

Microsoft has been a vocal opponent of Linux and the whole Open Source movement for years but has had to learn to live with this thorn after witnessing the success of Linux and other open source projects like Mozilla.

Both companies have also announced that they are expanding their technical collaboration agreement to simplify the development of assistive technology products to help people with disabilities.