Software behemoth calls its contribution to the non-profit Apache Software Foundation (ASF) an endorsement of "the Apache Way."
More than 5 million Notes users are in the crosshairs to switch to Microsoft's refreshed collaboration tools.
Virtual Machine Manager will be broken out of System Center bundle, sold separately.
Microsoft Thursday announced it has topped US$60 billion in yearly revenue for the first time in its history.
The new Enterprise Desktop Alliance will promote use of Macintosh desktops in managed Windows environments.
Analysts say software has holes, issues that need evaluation before rollouts.
Microsoft VP also says Vista compatibility issues won't be repeated.
They'll still be able to get their hands on it, even though consumers soon won't.
Articles by John Fontana