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[News] [Rival] Microsoft's Hijack of VMWare Noted in the Press

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Ex-Microsoft execs continue filling the VMware lineup

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| VMware's executive roster is beginning to look very familiar to the old 
| Microsoft regime. Since Diane Greene's departure, it seems as though a few 
| key executive positions have fallen into the hands of former Microsoft 
| employees.    
| [...]
| From the outside looking in, there has never been much of a positive 
| relationship between VMware and Microsoft. So it will be interesting to see 
| how much the growing Microsoft executive presence within VMware will define  
| and shape the company's vision as well as how it will effect the competition 
| between the two companies moving forward.   


VMWare was prepared to sue Microsoft or issue an antitrust complaint before
Tucci kicked Diane Greene out.


VMware picks up yet another former Softie

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| At the rate it’s going, VMware is going to be Microsoft’s alumni clubhouse
| No. 1.
| On March 24, VMware announced it had hired former Softie Richard McAniff as
| Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer. McAniff will be
| responsible for R&D for VMware’s Serer and Desktop Business Units and will
| report to yet another former Microsoft exec, VMware CEO Paul Maritz.


EMC Tightens Its Embrace of VMware

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| If EMC does plan to sell off its controlling stake in VMware, the company is
| maintaining a spectacular poker face.
| On Tuesday, EMC held its first broad strategy update in almost three years.
| The company’s chief executive, Joe Tucci, presided over the affair, more than
| half of which centered on the virtualization software sold by VMware.
| [...]
| Mr. Maritz, once a top executive at Microsoft, boasted that VMware has
| shifted towards building a virtual operating system that runs not just
| servers but also storage and networking gear.


VMware taps former Microsoft manager Nielsen as first COO

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| Maybe it's time for VMware to officially set up shop in Seattle. Today, the
| virtualization spin out from EMC announced that former Microsoft and
| Crossgain executive Tod Nielsen is joining the Palo Alto, Calif.-based
| company as chief operating officer.
| He will report directly to former Microsoft vice president and Seattle
| resident Paul Maritz, who took over the CEO post at VMware in July. In fact,
| EMC -- the majority shareholder of VMware -- has been making some very
| interesting moves in the Seattle area recently.

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