Novell and Netscape have announced plans to form a joint venture, Novonyx, in an unusual show of cooperation that bolsters the growing anti-Microsoft alliance.
The goal of the jointly owned company will be to create new versions of Netscape?s Suitespot Web server software, to run on Novell?s Intranetware operating system. This will further Netscape?s goal of running Suitespot on as many platforms as possible and give Novell customers the ability to use Netscape programs without replacing Netware with Unix or NT.
Commenting on the impact the deal will have on Microsoft, Sam Sethi - marketing manager at Netscape UK - said: ?It will slow the migration to NT and stop Microsoft taking more of Novell?s market share. This is much more of a deal for Novell as it enables it to be seen once more as a platform for running applications.?
Analysts believe the deal takes advantage of each company?s strengths. ?Novell needs all the help it can get and Netscape can?t do anything wrong,? said Chris Lewis, analyst at the Yankee group.
According to Sethi, both companies will contribute capital and staff to the venture and Netscape will hand over the complete sourcecode for its server software. Netscape?s Suitespot software enables people to collaborate, create Web sites and exchange email on networked computers. According to Netscape, over 50 million people use its products while Novell claims about 60 million computers run its server software.
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