They’ve issued a statement. They don’t seem to love it and they don’t like what others are saying their deal with Novell implies about their intellectual property and FOSS.
Frankly, whatever they say, it might end up being up to the lawyers and other aspects of the legal system to decide what it all means.
I thought the line
As always, Microsoft remains committed to working with the open source software community to help improve interoperability for customers working in mixed source environments and deliver IP assurance.
was pretty funny. In what sense of “always” do they mean? Was this true when free and open source was a “cancer” done by “communists”, according to them? I know what they were trying to say, at least from their perspective, but the wording could have been better and at least believable.
Also See: The Groklaw entry “MS: Dancing as fast as it can to try to get away from GPLv3.”