“We are going to cut off their air supply. Everything they’re selling, we’re going to give away for free.”
–Paul Maritz, former Microsoft Vice President, referring to Netscape
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Summary: Tough situation for F/OSS companies that were devoured by the ex-Sofies who run VMware after EMC had intervened
ALTHOUGH we mentioned this before, it is worth repeating the fact that Microsoft’s allies at EMC [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] are supporting and promoting Microsoft Exchange [1, 2, 3], even though VMware, which EMC owns and put former Microsoft executives in change of, currently owns Zimbra. For those who are not familiar with Zimbra, it is a direct competitor to Exchange/Outlook which Microsoft would rather see eliminated. The latest press release about EMC/Microsoft says: “EMC Helps Customers Extend the Value of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Environments”
VMware has upgraded its ThinApp application virtualisation software in order to incorporate support for Microsoft Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2, according to a company blog. ThinApp 4.5, which VMware is calling the most significant application virtualisation update since its debut in 2008.
Several years back, VMware was seen as a force that would promote GNU/Linux. This cannot happen under the current management, which also seems to be closing SpringSource (Glyn Moody implicitly pointed this out last week). █