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Microsoft responds to VMware accusations — sort of

Yesterday evening, Microsoft’s PR team sent out a statement attributed to Mike Neil, its GM for virtualization, responding to the whitepaper posted by VMware last week:

“Microsoft believes the claims made in VMware’s whitepaper contain several inaccuracies and misunderstandings of our current license and use policies, our support policy and our commitment to technology collaboration. We believe that we are being progressive and fair with our existing licensing and use policies and creating a level playing field for partners and customers. We are deeply committed to providing high-quality technical support to our customers who are utilizing virtualization technology. In addition, we are committed to working collaboratively with industry leaders to foster an environment of interoperability and cooperation that best serves our customers.


I agree with Ashlee Vance at the Register when he said “Microsoft has fought back against VMware’s meat with something akin to marketing bologna.

The idea that VMware’s paper contains “several inaccuracies and misunderstandings of our current license and use policies” is tantalizing to a reporter, except that Microsoft would not provide a spokesperson to elaborate.

Where things get interesting, however, is in the next paragraph, when Microsoft brings up… EMC, VMware’s parent company:

“We believe it’s better to resolve VMware’s claims between our two companies so that we can better serve customers and the industry. EMC is a long-time partner of Microsoft. We’ve extended this courtesy to VMware due to our mutual customers and partnership with EMC. We are committed to continuing to collaborate with VMware as we have been doing on regular basis. Consistent with this, Microsoft believes that we will be able to accommodate a mutually agreeable solution between our two companies and clear up any existing misunderstanding with regard to the points raised in the whitepaper.”

Maybe it’s just me, but doesn’t it seem that Microsoft is invoking its “strong partnership” with EMC as a way of bringing the wayward VMware child back in to line?

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