Novell execs discuss Microsoft interoperability pledge

A pair of Novell executives Wednesday touted the company's recent financial performance, but questions during the press conference at Cebit in Hanover, Germany, focused more on Microsoft's recent, high-profile pledge to improve interoperability and shore up its relationship with the open-source community.Microsoft and Novell entered into a wide-ranging partnership in late 2006, which has seen the companies collaborate […]

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A pair of Novell executives Wednesday touted the company's recent financial performance, but questions during the press conference at Cebit in Hanover, Germany, focused more on Microsoft's recent, high-profile pledge to improve interoperability and shore up its relationship with the open-source community.

Microsoft and Novell entered into a wide-ranging partnership in late 2006, which has seen the companies collaborate on interoperability and sales support for customers who want to run both Windows and Novell's SUSE Linux. In addition, Novell and Microsoft began a cooperative research effort around virtualization, physical and virtual server management, and translators for interoperability between the Open Document Format (ODF) and Microsoft's Open Office XML (OOXML) specification. Microsoft is attempting to get OOXML recognized as a standard.

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Novell, Microsoft, Interoperability, File Format, Document Format, OOXML, Office Open XML, ODF, ISO, Conference, Hanover, Germany

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