A few months ago I attended VMware‘s annual global conference (Disclosure: VMware covered my travel and expenses to attend the event). At the conference, VMware’s head of mobile, Sanjay Poonen, was excited to announce a new partnership between VMware and Microsoft. Poonen was quick to point out that the fact that these two traditional foes were partnering at all was akin to an end of the Cold War.
Indeed, a newly open Microsoft is embracing partners left, right and center. But announcing a partnership and really making inroads into a new way of thinking are two different things.