"Starting with the Windows-Linux interoperability agreement
inked with Novell at the end of 2006, Microsoft has produced
comprehensive results out of the efforts to bridge its proprietary
platform with the open source operating system. Of course that
Microsoft did little more than to protect its own interests with
the Novell partnership, leaning hard on open source customers in
order to tip them in the direction of intellectual property
assurance agreements. But at the same time, the Redmond company
also addressed the increasing demand for a high level of
interoperability in heterogeneous environments. The Microsoft and
Novell partnership managed to produce a new joint lab in September
2007, with resources from both companies aimed at providing
solutions for mixed source scenarios.
"2008 will bring to the table an array of new offerings from
Microsoft when it comes to the server side. February 27th, 2008 is
the official availability date of Windows Server 2008..."