The suit brought by Novell alleged that, through anticompetitive tactics, Microsoft encouraged Novell to develop products but then withdrew support as it launched Windows 95.
As part of the companies' nearly 2-year-old alliance, the two say they are working together to support Novell's Suse Linux operating system running on Microsoft's hypervisor.
The companies ramp up their existing interoperability deal that gives corporate users a bridge between Windows and Linux.
Jaffe talks about why the Novell-Microsoft deal is good for open source, and says many software customers need open source and Windows interoperability.
Cementing a peculiar partnership among rivals, Microsoft and Novell are opening an eight-employee lab to make products interoperable.
A lawsuit stemming back to the launch of Windows 95 is concluded as the country’s highest court declines to hear Novell’s appeal alleging Microsoft's anticompetitive practices with its WordPerfect software.
Hewlett-Packard continues to take advantage of Sun's uncertain future by teaming up with Microsoft, Novell, and Red Hat to offer migration tools to lure away its customers.