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Why Can't Microsoft and VMware Just Get Along?

The last VMworld show I attended in Las Vegas was packed with customers, and full of spankin' new products. Microsoft was on the verge of really pushing Hyper-V and had attractive young lasses passing out free poker chips promoting the new hypervisor.

VMware was none too pleased.

The bickering over shows continues and is actually typical of how competitors treat each other. Microsoft doesn't always make it easy for competitors to make a splash at shows such as Tech-Ed. So I guess it is only fair VMware won't let Microsoft show off Hyper-V since it is a direct competitor. That leaves Microsoft in a paltry 10x10 booth where it is only showing off Azure.

Is it fair to exclude your competition from your show, or does it do attendees who pay top dollar a disservice. You tell me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 08/25/2010 at 1:18 PM


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