"Microsoft has pumped an undisclosed sum into TurboHercules, a
French outfit that seeks to undercut IBM's mainframe business.
"The cash infusion, which happened last week, comes hot on the
heels of Microsoft's orchestration of a $450m purchase of 882
patents from Novell as part of Attachmate's acquisition of that
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"TurboHercules is co-headquartered in Paris, France, and
Seattle, Washington. Presumably, it's in Paris to gain the
protection of its EU antitrust regulator and in Seattle to, well,
be close to Microsoft. The company was set up in early 2009 to
offer commercial support for the Hercules mainframe hardware
emulator, which allows IBM's mainframe operating systems and their
applications to run on x64 servers sporting Windows, Linux, and Mac
OS X, in September 2009"