Microsoft sent out late on September 11 an invite to a teleconference briefing tomorrow involving Sun and Microsoft. Here's the wording:
"Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: JAVA) will hold a teleconference to discuss an expanded agreement between the two companies. John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems Group, Sun; and Andy Lees, corporate vice president, Server & Tools Marketing and Solutions Group, Microsoft, will host the call for press and analysts."
The pair made a sweeping partnership announcement in 2004, that included everything from legal settlements, to patent exchanges to pledges of interoperability.
So what will the September 12 Sun-Microsoft involve? I have no actual knowledge of what's on the agenda. But I do have a few random guesses:
I'm voting for the Solaris option. By supporting Sun's BrandZ virtualization initiative, Microsoft could kill a few birds with one stone.
Other guesses about what the dynamic Sun-Microsoft duo might announce before the final word comes down at 1 p.m. EST?
Update on September 12: Word is out. The Sun-Microsoft partnership is primarily about virtualization. Microsoft supporting Solaris with its virtualization products and Sun supporting Windows with its own virtualization wares.