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July 25, 2012

Microsoft News - Microsoft Manages License Agreement with Amdocs for Linux Servers

By Rory Lidstone, TMCnet Contributing Writer

It's not exactly a secret that Microsoft (News - Alert) doesn't like Linux. In fact, that's putting it mildly, since the company once actually referred to the open source OS as a "cancer." Heck, Steve Jobs said something fairly similar about Android (News - Alert) with his "thermonuclear war" comment. Obviously, OS rivalry can get pretty heated.

However, recent reports are stating that maybe Microsoft's attitude toward Linux is changing as the company has managed to get Amdocs (News - Alert) to pay for using servers that run Linux-based operating systems.

"This agreement with Amdocs adds to the more than 1,100 patent license agreements Microsoft has entered into over the last decade," said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft, in a statement. "Microsoft's licensing program ensures respect for its world-class intellectual property portfolio while at the same time making available to others the result of its multi-billion dollar annual investment in research and development."

No other details were given regarding the license agreement, but it does appear that Microsoft will indeed be collecting on Amdocs' use of non-Windows-based servers — upsetting news, no doubt, for companies the world over. It's pretty common for companies to deploy freely available Linux distributions such as Debian and CentOS on servers, largely due to the money saved compared to Windows Server licensing prices, but also simply because many prefer what they say is a more stable server OS.

In other recent Microsoft news, the company delivered "Partner of the Year" Awards to computer manufacturer Dell (News - Alert) at the 2012 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Toronto last week. The awards were given due to Dell providing outstanding services, demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementing global customer solutions based on Microsoft technologies.

Among the honors received was the Public Sector Education Partner of the Year award for the Dell Education Data Management Solution.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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