Microsoft Novell Partnership Still Growing As partnership enters its third year

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“The two partners now say they have more than 400 joint
customers and are expanding their efforts around improving Windows
to Linux interoperability on virtualization, directories and
systems management. The third year anniversary comes as the initial
$250 million investment nears exhaustion and a new outlay of $100
million is waiting in the wings.

“”We’ve seen some nice update from our joint customers over the
past year,” Ted MacLean, general manager for strategic partnerships
and licensing at Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) told InternetNews.com.
“In the context of a really challenging economic environment we’re
proud of the fact that we’ve grown our joint customer base by 58
percent year over year.”

“When the Novell/Microsoft partnership celebrated its second
anniversary in 2008, there were 200 joint customers, a triple digit
gain over the first year of the partnership. Though the percentage
growth from year two to three was not as high as year one to year
two, Novell and Microsoft do not see a slowdown in customer

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