Microsoft Cozies Up To Sun

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

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
Ballmer and Sun CEO Scott McNealy will issue a "state of the union" report in the coming weeks covering the companies' joint technical work since Microsoft, a year ago, settled antitrust lawsuits Sun had filed against it, Ballmer said. There's better interoperability coming between Windows and Sun servers, Ballmer said during his speech. "We've worked closely with Sun--yes, that Sun," Ballmer said, as he liberated two cooling fans from his competitor's computer while an aide egged him on. "A year ago, I would have felt differently about this," he added.

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.

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