Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer ranted about his company's new cooperative stance during a speech at the Microsoft Management Summit 2005 conference in Las Vegas last week, then yanked a couple of parts from a Sun Microsystems server to help prove it. That injected some vigor into the sometimes-dry topic of systems-management software.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
Meanwhile, the staffer used Microsoft Operations Manager software and a Web-services management protocol co-developed with Sun to shut down the offending computer before it overheated. The technology will arrive in the "R2" version of Windows 2003 Server, due later this year.