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Why Microsoft Can't Afford To Let Novell Die

Mar 09, 2010, 03:12 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Judge)

[ Thanks to Peter Judge for this link. ]

"Elliot Associates' bid to buy Novell emerged this week and amounts to a rather low offer for a company which has $1 billion in the bank. Elliot has a reputation as a 'vulture capitalist, and is expected to simply break the company up, sell the parts and pocket a profit if the deal goes through.

"But is that really the most likely result? There's a fascinating explanation of the hostile-bid process on the Standards Blog of technology lawyer Andy Updegrove, which outlines several possibilities, and makes the point that 'one of the companies that may have the most to lose if Elliott acquires Novell is Microsoft'."

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