Novell-Microsoft tout survey results

Microsoft and Novell, fresh on the heels of a patent partnership that triggered widespread criticism and scorn from open-source fans, have gone on a publicity counter-offensive. Despite disagreements over whether Linux actually infringes Microsoft patents, the two have joined to publicize a survey that, they say, shows customers like the deal.

The companies commissioned a study of 201 computing industry decision makers that found 95 percent of respondents approved of the collaboration. In addition, 90 percent said they thought the deal would improve computer system interoperability, and 75 percent said they thought it would decrease patent infringement risks. The partners plan to tout the survey on Tuesday.

Microsoft and Novell were eager to tout the study's results. "This survey supports our belief when we entered the agreement with Microsoft: collaboration on behalf of the customer is a winning proposition for all parties involved," said Susan Heystee, vice president of global strategic alliances at Novell.

Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates conducted the study.

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