Microsoft, Xandros Broad Collaboration Agreement Extends Bridge Between Commercial Open Source and Microsoft Software Agreement Enhances Mixed-Source Customer Choice; Features Business,

Technical and IP Collaboration



    REDMOND, Wash. and NEW YORK, June 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today
 Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT) and Linux platform provider Xandros Inc.
 announced a broad collaboration agreement based on a set of technical,
 business, marketing and intellectual property commitments. These
 commitments provide customers with enhanced interoperability, more
 effective systems management solutions, and intellectual property
 assurances, all of which extend a bridge between open source and commercial
 software and deliver customers real value in mixed systems environments.
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     For Xandros, the agreement marks a major milestone in its vision of
 delivering end-to-end Linux desktop and server solutions as well as
 Windows(R) and Linux cross-platform management and interoperability tools.
     "Companies today are running a mixture of Linux and Windows systems,"
 said Andreas Typaldos, chief executive officer of Xandros. "Cross-platform
 data centers are a reality. To meet evolving customer needs, vendors need
 to recognize the value of sharing intellectual property, developing more
 interoperable solutions, and providing management tools that are familiar
 and easy to use."
     For Microsoft, the agreement is the latest in a series of
 collaborations with Linux platform and open source software providers. This
 list of collaborators includes Novell Inc., JBoss, XenSource Inc., Samsung
 Electronics Co. Ltd., Zend Technologies Inc. and others.
     "Customers win when their platform providers build collaborative
 relationships," said Bill Hilf, general manager of Platform Strategy at
 Microsoft. "We have been working with commercial open source companies to
 deliver better value to our customers in areas like server
 interoperability, systems management and office document formats. We
 believe in and encourage respect for all licensing and development models,
 and intellectual property is an important component in this environment.
 Our announcement with Xandros is an exciting step to deliver what our
 mutual customers have been asking for."
     Over the next five years, Microsoft and Xandros will focus on five
 primary efforts:
      *  Systems management interoperability. Xandros and Microsoft believe
         advances in system management technology can significantly reduce the
         cost of operating large computer networks running diverse platforms.
         Xandros will partner with Microsoft to deliver value-added
         heterogeneous management capabilities that will work with the next
         generation of Microsoft(R) System Center and Xandros Systems
         Management products, which provide end-to-end service management.
         Xandros will also join Microsoft and other management vendors in
         implementing the WS-Management set of protocols in Xandros BridgeWays
         cross-platform management products and in various systems management
         standardization efforts.
      *  Server interoperability. Xandros will license a broad set of Microsoft
         server communications protocols. Xandros will develop enhancements to
         Xandros Server, allowing it to interoperate more smoothly with Windows
         Server(R) in a network setting.
      *  Office document compatibility. Xandros and Microsoft share the view
         that competing office productivity applications should, by design,
         make it easy for customers to exchange files with one another. To that
         end, Xandros will join Microsoft and other companies that are building
         open source translators fostering interoperability between documents
         stored in Open XML and Open Document Format. Xandros will ship the
         translators in upcoming releases of its Xandros Desktop offering.
      *  Intellectual property assurance. Through the agreement, Microsoft will
         make available patent covenants for Xandros customers. These covenants
         will provide customers with confidence that the Xandros technologies
         they use and deploy in their environments are compliant with
         Microsoft's intellectual property. By putting a framework in place to
         share intellectual property, Xandros and Microsoft can speed the
         development of interoperable solutions.
      *  Microsoft sales and marketing support. The companies are committing to
         a set of sales and marketing efforts to promote the output of their
         technical efforts. As part of this effort, Microsoft will now endorse
         Xandros Server and Desktop as a preferred Linux distribution due to
         Xandros' efforts to establish rich interoperability and deliver IP
         assurance to its customers. In addition, a specialized team of
         Microsoft staff will be trained on the value propositions of this
         collaboration to customers and channel partners. Xandros will also
         become a member of the Microsoft Interop Vendor Alliance.
     About Xandros
     Xandros, Inc. is the leading provider of award-winning, intuitive,
 end-to- end Linux solutions, including desktops, SMB and enterprise
 servers, and mixed-environment, cross-platform management tools. Xandros
 pioneered low cost, graphical operating systems that leverage existing
 skill sets and provide seamless Windows-Linux interoperability. It has
 since extended its Debian-based consumer and business desktop line with SMB
 and enterprise servers and management software, featuring workflow
 automation and "single pane of glass" remote deployment and administration.
 The company is headquartered in New York with research and development
 facilities in Ottawa and Mumbai, and sales and support offices worldwide.
 For more information, please visit www.xandros.com.
     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.
     Microsoft, Windows and Windows Server are trademarks of the Microsoft
 group of companies.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 

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