Microsoft and Novell Expand Collaboration Agreement

One year after signing a landmark agreement to build a bridge between open source and proprietary software, Novell Inc. and Microsoft Corp. today unveiled continued strong momentum behind the agreement.

Having exceeded their original business targets, the companies continue to see strong demand for interoperability and intellectual property (IP) peace of mind. In addition, Novell and Microsoft announced an expansion of their technical collaboration to create a cross-platform accessibility model that links together the existing Windows and Linux frameworks used to build assistive technology products that enable people with disabilities to interact with computers.

"This agreement has been about the customer since day one," said Jeff Jaffe, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Novell. "Customers told us they wanted Linux and Windows to work better together so they could focus on their businesses. By taking a leading position in delivering interoperability with Microsoft, Novell is becoming the preferred Linux choice for the integrated enterprise, a fact borne out by the significant sales increase we've seen over the past year."

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Bah humbug.

I get sick of hearing about this.

Partly it's the wording of the whole arrangement. Markjensen pointed that out.

Novell's in bed with Microsoft. I don't know if I really care for either of them. What does Novell really do, anyway?

This [blank] has been about the customer since day one
Beware of any company saying that. Companies are in the business of "business", that is, "making money". It is about the profit and the return on investment for stockholders since day one.

Anything after that sentence should be read and thought about in a critical, analytical manner.

[blank] = agreement. Not sure how you missed that.

Anyway, mark your argument falls short. Yes, every business exists for one sole purpose: to generate money. (Or shareholder returns but that's a fancy way of saying "money" ).

But what you missed in your critical analysis is that without the customer, you have no business.

Businesses are 100% dependent upon their customers to generate their revenue, which is why this agreement, like most activities of a successful business, are centered around the customer.