Microsoft is working with a number of third party vendors to ensure that Longhorn and Linux are interoperable on some levels. For instance, it's developing technology with XenSource that will allow users to run Linux on servers alongside Longhorn by virtue of Microsoft's forthcoming Viridian virtualization technology.
Microsoft also is cooperating with Linux distributor Novell on a number of sales, marketing, and technical fronts.
Will Microsoft's saber rattling over Linux patents derail such efforts? Also on hand from the company to provide answers on that and related questions will be Craig Kitterman, Microsoft's program manager for interoperability. Kitterman will be speaking on Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. at a session titled interoperability at Microsoft.
For those interested in Microsoft database technologies, program manager Bill Morein will host a discussion on "Visualizing SQL and SQL AS Data In Visio 2007" on Tuesday at 11:15. Also, Microsoft directors Ajay Sikka and Dick Greeley will talk about Microsoft's protocols program on Wednesday at 12:15.
It's hard not to talk about Microsoft this year without mentioning Windows Vista, the new operating system that the company introduced at the end of January. System requirements and application compatibility have been among the chief concerns of desktop users contemplating an upgrade. For those interested in learning the ins and outs of the new operating system -- from security features to application compatibility -- Nelson Ruest of Resolutions Enterprises will provide an overview of Windows Vista on Thursday at 11:15 a.m. Microsoft's claims to patents underlying Linux come at a time when the company is itself being accused of intellectual property theft, by Alcatel-Lucent. Both companies will be present on the show floor at Interop, but given that a court recently ordered Microsoft to pay Alcatel-Lucent $1.5 billion for patent infringement, we think we know who's buying if reps from the two vendors hit the bar after the exhibit hall's 5:00 pm closing time (3:00 pm on Thursday, May 24).