"Few people outside of the server virtualization debate have
encountered the mutual dislike that Microsoft and VMware have for
each other. However, the spat between the two software makers has
started edging closer to the general tech public due to events
transpiring this week. And this is the kind of squabble that you
want to start watching because both companies have abandoned subtle
jibes in favor of blunt smacks to the face.
"The move that really got things going was Microsoft's press
release this week announcing a partnership with software maker
XenSource. Given that Microsoft has referred to open source
projects as 'cancerous' in the past, it seemed rather odd for the
company to take the trouble of issuing an entire statement
celebrating a relationship with a rival that bases its whole
business around the open source Xen package. We'd love to see a
list of all the Microsoft press releases that have cheered an open
source company in the past. Such a list can't be very long..."