SAP-Microsoft Alliance on the Rocks
While SAP chairman Hasso Plattner was busy rebutting reports that SAP would drop .Net support in favor of Java, El Gato was hearing rumblings that the relationship between SAP and Microsoft may not be as happy as it once was.While SAP chairman Hasso Plattner was busy rebutting reports that SAP would drop .Net support in favor of Java, El Gato was hearing rumblings that the relationship between SAP and Microsoft may not be as happy as it once was. A Tabby tipster claims one reason Redmonds most important business partner over the last decade may not be thrilled with the relationship could have something to do with Microsoft proclaiming itself an enterprise software company. There have been whispers that Microsoft may be quietly making intellectual property claims against SAP to seek leverage in its relationship with the company, claims the tattler. The Tawny Titan has also heard rumors that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Plattner may not have reached or maintained the steady relationship that Bill Gates held with Plattner in the past. "Whatever the case, SAP holds a lot of corporate accounts that everyone covets," mused the Mouser. "A lot of companies would jump to be SAPs new pal, ASAP."
Speaking of Microsoft, the Puss is still pondering whether anyone else noticed during the XP launch how blithely Gates indicted Windows 9x for being DOS a millimeter under its surface? A noted friend of the Furball added to the Kittys amusement by pointing out how Gates comments, which basically acknowledged that his Windows 9x products had been fatally dependent on their core DOS technology, would have been tantamount to treason in Redmond in 1994. Back in those days, what was then called Chicago was being touted with the promise that "the entire operating system is freshly designed from the ground up"at least according to the Microsoft Systems Journal.