05.23.07

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Agreement Details Coming This Month

Posted in Deals, Finance, Law, Microsoft, Novell, Patent Covenant at 7:32 pm by Shane Coyle

Let’s all keep an eye out for Novell’s upcoming 10-K filing, it has been promised that the Microsoft deal details will be attached.

Waltham, Mass.-based Novell has not yet disclosed the information due to an on-going and unrelated stock options review, a spokesman said. “We will now file the documents by the end of the month and will publish the Microsoft agreements as attachments to our 10-K,” spokesman Bruce Lowry told attendees of a panel at the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) in San Francisco.

Finally we should have a pretty good idea of exactly what IP Novell licensed from Microsoft in order to improve Linux-Windows interoperability, and for what "open source software shipped under the agreement" that Novell agreed to pay Microsoft royalties on.

One thing we already know, from the recent OSBC conference: Microsoft is Novell’s Number 1 Channel Partner, apparently.

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  1. Roy Schestowitz said,

    May 23, 2007 at 8:48 pm

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    There’s more from the financial side. Novell has also ended its probe of financial irregularities. It seems consistent with what they previously argued.

    http://yahoo.reuters.com/news/articlehybrid.aspx?storyID=urn:newsml:reuters.com:20070523:MTFH76445_2007-05-23_21-47-42_N23270046&type=comktNews&rpc=44
    Novell’s option review finds incorrect dates

    http://www.marketwatch.com/News/Story/Story.aspx?guid=%7b906D1AFE-EB78-4F37-9427-700FF303C673%7d&siteid=yhoo&dist=yhoo
    Novell’s stock option review finds no intentional wrongdoing

    http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/070523/aqw215.html?.v=1
    Novell Reports Completion of Independent Stock-Based Compensation Review

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