Microsoft and Novell Open Interoperability Lab Companies deliver on promise, open joint development facility focused on

improving interoperability between Microsoft Windows Server, SUSE Linux

Enterprise from Novell.

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Microsoft Corp.
 and Novell Inc. today announced the opening of the Microsoft and Novell(R)
 Interoperability Lab in Cambridge, Mass. Announced last fall as part of
 Microsoft and Novell's groundbreaking collaboration agreement, the opening
 of the lab delivers on a promise the two companies made to work together to
 create a joint development facility at which Microsoft and Novell technical
 experts will design and test new software solutions and work with customers
 and the community to build and support technologies that allow Microsoft(R)
 Windows Server(R) and SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise to work well together.
     "The Microsoft and Novell Interoperability Lab is officially open for
 business," said Tom Hanrahan, director of Linux interoperability at
 Microsoft. "We are pleased to be working with Novell on this joint
 interoperability effort and are eager to roll up our sleeves and continue
 the challenging technical work required to make Windows Server and SUSE
 Linux Enterprise interoperability a reality for our customers."
     "Today's lab opening is another indicator of the high priority that
 Novell and Microsoft are giving this collaboration," said Suzanne Forsberg,
 Interoperability Lab manager for Novell. "This kind of technical
 interoperability work requires disciplined effort and dedicated resources,
 and that's what this lab is built around. Enterprise customers are
 demanding exactly the kinds of interoperable solutions that will be the
 focus of this lab's work and output."
     Located in Cambridge, the 2,500-square-foot lab and workspace will be
 home to a combined team of the best and brightest Microsoft and Novell
 engineers focused on making Windows Server and SUSE Linux Enterprise work
 better together. The first priority for the lab team will be to ensure
 interoperability between Microsoft and Novell virtualization technologies.
 Additional work will include standards-based systems management, identity
 federation and compatibility of office document formats.
     The lab houses more than 80 servers of varying architectures as well as
 a storage area network. Microsoft and Novell are committed to including
 other vendors and technologies as the lab continues to grow to create a
 heterogeneous lab environment that reflects the current IT environments and
 interoperability challenges facing enterprise customers today.
     More information on SUSE Linux Enterprise is available at More information on Microsoft is available at
     About Novell
     Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq:   NOVL) delivers infrastructure software for the
 Open Enterprise. Novell is a leader in enterprise-wide operating systems
 based on Linux and open source and provides the enterprise management
 services required to operate mixed IT environments. Novell helps customers
 minimize cost, complexity and risk, allowing them to focus on innovation
 and growth. For more information, visit
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq:   MSFT) is the worldwide leader in
 software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize
 their full potential.
     Novell and SUSE are registered trademarks of Novell Inc. in the United
 States and other countries.
     *Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.

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