Feeds

MS swipes old (51) OS/2 guru to head .NET server sales

Long history of cooperation with Beast of Redmond, says here...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Microsoft has hired former IBMer Cliff Reeves as VP, marketing of the "Windows.NET Server Product Management Group." We're not entirely sure what the blazes that is either, but according to the man himself he'll be delivering "enhanced business solutions to our customers and partners, through the Windows.NET Server family," and given Reeves' vintage it's surely a pretty senior post.

Because that's a one-company, 30-year vintage, Microsoft could hardly avoid mentioning Big Blue more than a little in its trumpeting of his appointment. It does largely avoid the O-word, and is entirely successful in not mentioning the war. Cliff however was one of the more senior figures in that unpleasant business of the mid-90s when IBM was trying to overthrow the Windows Empire.

He spent a lot of time evangelising object technology for IBM, and at the time this meant going head-to-head with Microsoft's rival technologies. Which themselves have slowly but surely morphed towards .NET, which Cliff will now be busying himself with. He got himself more of a proper job, architect of the IBM Workgroup project, just around the time it was all starting to come unglued, but then transferred to Lotus after IBM bought the company.

The way Microsoft tells it, his time in the front ranks of the Rebel Alliance seems to have fallen within "Reeves worked with Microsoft and its products throughout his career. He took part in cooperative efforts and alliances between IBM and Microsoft, and participated on a collaborative team working on the IBM OS2 operating system."

That long history of cooperation will be news to the Brit press who used to go drinking with the convivial (also Brit) Reeves, but we're sure he's pretty much through rehab now, so why rake up the past? He was with Lotus until last December, but left when his IBM pension matured, commenting: "The biggest single weakness in my resume is I worked at one company." Not any more Cliff, as his old IBM buddies might reckon, not any more... ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!
Give a penguinista a hug, the Outlook's not good for open source's poster child
Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows
Behold the Internet of Things. Wintel Things
Linux Foundation says many Linux admins and engineers are certifiable
Floats exam program to help IT employers lock up talent
Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™
Cache crash causes contained choloric calamity
Eat up Martha! Microsoft slings handwriting recog into OneNote on Android
Freehand input on non-Windows kit for the first time
Linux kernel devs made to finger their dongles before contributing code
Two-factor auth enabled for Kernel.org repositories
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.