Microsoft buys $100 million of support from SUSE

Mike Halsey MVP
Jul 27, 2011
Updated • Dec 26, 2012

Despite the problematic relationship between Microsoft and Linux vendors over the years, it's not always been a case of frosty relationships.  Previously Microsoft decided to work closely with Novell on the Enterprise version of SUSE Linux, and now the company has renewed their alliance with SUSE by purchasing $100 million of support.

This support will be for Windows enterprise customers who are also running a SUSE machines in conjunction with their Windows boxes.  It's a good move on the part of Microsoft to avoid upsetting business customers who are already feeling squeezed with extremely tight profit margins and software assurance costs to the Redmond giant.  The move will mean these enterprise customers won't have to pay for further Linux support.

"Our collaboration with SUSE not only helps customers to achieve success today, but also seeks to provide them with a solid foundation for tomorrow," said Sandy Gupta, general manager of the Open Solutions Group at Microsoft. "Through our continued engagement on the technical side, an outstanding support offering from SUSE and our ability to provide mutual IP assurance, we feel confident that we will be able to deliver core value to those running mixed-source IT environments well into the future - and into the cloud."

This move doesn't mean that Microsoft will stop complaining about Linux or even stop suing for patent infringement, as these are just what the technology industry does (probably at the request of lawyers needing to justify their sky-high salaries).  It's further evidence though that, deep down, technology companies around the world are more interested in building better experiences for their customers than they are feathering their own nests.

This is something I have always felt sets the tech world apart from other industries such as finance or energy.  It's a good move and both Microsoft and Novell should be applauded for working together again.


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  1. Yoav said on July 27, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    “the problematic relationship between Microsoft and Linux” – that’s quite a biased opening.

    It would be more accurate to write “Despite the repeated attempts of Microsoft to sue/bribe Linux out of existence”.

    1. Patrick said on August 10, 2011 at 8:09 pm

      Novell is trying to do with Microsoft what Neville Chamberlain did with Hitler, appease them in the hope that they will not attack.

      It’ll work just as well. (Meaning of course it won’t.)

      I say if Linux is Communism, Microsoft is Fascism.

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