That was an RedHat commercial back in 2005, when they were hitting Microsoft and closed source every month with their “Truth Happens” – legendary – campaign.

10 years have now passed and they’re all friends.

Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) and Red Hat Inc. (NYSE: RHT) on Wednesday announced a partnership that will help customers embrace hybrid cloud computing by providing greater choice and flexibility deploying Red Hat solutions on Microsoft Azure. As a key component of today’s announcement, Microsoft is offering Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the preferred choice for enterprise Linux workloads on Microsoft Azure. In addition, Microsoft and Red Hat are also working together to address common enterprise, ISV and developer needs for building, deploying and managing applications on Red Hat software across private and public clouds. – http://www.redhat.com/en/about/press-releases/microsoft-and-red-hat-deliver-new-standard-enterprise-cloud-experiences

Despite the fact of their fights and campaigns, this is great news for everyone and mostly quite interesting to see Microsoft real embracing Linux and its fearlessly rival (they had already with their own linux kernel).

Personally I find this Microsoft strategy very appealing for someone who had to go through their dark ages and now see that cloud first did really changed them towards a better client value and propositions.

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