Numerous Customers Worldwide Realize Benefits of Microsoft-Novell Agreement

Customers demand interoperability delivered with intellectual property assurance.

REDMOND, Wash., and WALTHAM, Mass.-May 9, 2007-Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. today announced that 12 new customers have signed up to take advantage of the companies’ collaboration. These customers, from around the globe, are 1blu, Arsys, Fujitsu Services Oy, Gordon Food Service, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., hi5 Networks Inc., Host Europe, Nationwide, PRISACOM SA, Reed Elsevier, Save Mart Supermarkets, and state of California, Department of Fish and Game.

"This impressive list of customers across a wide range of industry groups and geographies is a further proof point of the value of interoperability," said Susan Heystee, vice president and general manager of global strategic alliances for Novell. "Customers are looking for their vendors to solve their interoperability challenges. This is resulting in continued growth in the share of SUSE® Linux Enterprise* in the Linux market."

"Customers have asked us for greater interoperability and for IP assurance that enables vendors to build technical bridges," said Susan Hauser, general manager of strategic partnerships and licensing at Microsoft. "By responding to what customers want, we’ve seen overwhelming support. We have customers of all sizes from around the world signing up to take advantage of the benefits we’re offering."

Each of these companies has expressed enthusiasm for the interoperability between Microsoft® Windows® and SUSE Linux Enterprise, along with the cost savings and intellectual property assurances that other customers have already begun to experience through this agreement. Microsoft will deliver SUSE Linux Enterprise Server subscription certificates to each company, under separate customer agreements.

The following are statements from each of the companies’ respective spokespersons, emphasizing the reasons for employing the benefits of the Microsoft and Novell agreement:

The Microsoft-Novell Agreement

On Nov. 2, 2006, Novell and Microsoft announced a series of agreements to jointly build, market and support new solutions to improve interoperability, deliver powerful new virtualization capabilities, make Microsoft and Novell products work better together, and give customers peace of mind that both companies stand behind the products they deliver. More information about the Microsoft and Novell agreement, including other customer announcements, can be found 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
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