So Novell and Microsoft are bosom buddies now. Unreal. While that's undoubtedly good for Novell, what's in it for Microsoft?
Forgive me for playing the cynic, but Microsoft has historically "innovated" by buying what they needed, enveloping companies for their products, IP, and brains. Exchange, Active Direcory, MS Virtual Server, etc... all purchased along the way. So what's up with this announcement? I bet Microsoft has finally figured out that this whole virtualization thing is harder than they figured. The competition has a huge head start, and Veridian is probably taking far too long in the dev cycle. By making this move, couching it in "interoperability" phrasing, offering the OpenDocument/OpenOffice and AD/eDirectory management bone, Microsoft may be hiding the fact that they need help with their virtualization strategy, and just might be borrowing off Xen and Novell's investment in it to get there.
No matter how you slice it, I bet there are more than a few snowballs flying past Lucifer's head right now.