Redmond targets NetWare with migration incentives

Is this Microsoft's opening salvo on Linux vendors?

Fresh off striking a conciliatory tone with Novell, Microsoft is now going on the offensive with a program in the US to woo NetWare users to the Windows platform.

Earlier this week Microsoft in the US laid out a program of financial incentives, tools, prescriptive guidance, training and technical support in an effort to get NetWare users to migrate to Windows Server 2003. The move comes less than a week after Microsoft settled lingering anti-trust legislation with Novell.

But Novell is again on the Microsoft radar after acquiring SuSE Linux a year ago and retooling its middleware lineup around the Linux platform.

Novell is threatening to Microsoft because it has a cache of corporate infrastructure tools that it can meld with its Linux platform much like the services - including the directory and management tools - Microsoft has for its own operating system.

The move on Novell is the opening salvo on Linux vendors. Microsoft officials said in September that their year-old "Get The Facts" campaign against Linux would shift from targeting the open source operating system in general to the individual companies that market the software, including Novell, Red Hat and IBM.

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