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Interop Alliance for Friends Only?

Microsoft has been on an interoperability kick lately, starting with the detente with Sun a year or two ago, and then the deal with Novell to help ensure that Windows and Linux servers (with a dash of desktop) work together.

This week, Microsoft announced the Interop Vendor Alliance. So who are the enemies that have joined hands under this Microsoft-sponsored umbrella? Why, there's Sun and Novell. Oh, right, they're friends now!

Well, there are bitter rivals AMD and Citrix, sworn enemies Quest Software and NEC, and longtime foes BEA and Siemens.

Now, if Apple, Red Hat, IBM and RealNetworks all joined up, then I'd be impressed.

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/16/2006 at 1:15 PM


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