Barney's Blog

Blog archive

MS-Novell Communication Breakdown: It’s Always the Same

If I signed a massive multiyear contract under which millions of dollars changed hands and the eyes of the world were upon me, I'd probably read it first. I'm not sure how carefully Steve Ballmer and Ron Hovsepian of Novell scrutinized their cooperation agreement, as only a week or so later the two are fighting over what it all means.

The rub is just who needs patent protection from whom (copy editors in the audience will tell me if this sentence is correct, parentheses aside). Ballmer apparently believes that Linux violates myriad Microsoft patents, which is why Novell was interested in patent protection. Novell's Hovsepian blasted back that he had more than enough patents and more money is flowing from Redmond to Waltham (which is where Novell is now headquartered) than vice versa. (Read Redmond's interview with Hovsepian here.)

If two grown men can’t get along, how can their software?

Posted by Doug Barney on November 27, 2006 at 11:52 AM


Featured

  • The 2020 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    From the next major update to Windows 10 to the next generations of .NET and PowerShell, here's what's on tap from Microsoft this year.

  • Microsoft To Switch to Subscription Model for Some Server Products

    New application server products coming from Microsoft in the second half of 2021 will be offered only on a subscription basis.

  • Party Lights Graphic

    Microsoft Positions Itself as the Platform of Choice for 5G

    As telecom companies begin rolling out 5G services, Microsoft is touting its 5G bona fides, namely Azure support for SDN.

  • Ivanti Plans Double Acquisition of Pulse Secure and MobileIron

    In a bid to enhance its mobile endpoint security offerings, Ivanti announced on Monday "definitive agreements" to acquire MobileIron and Pulse Secure.