Linux distributor <A HREF="http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/08/15/Xandros-expands-Microsoft-partnership_1.html">Xandros is licensing messaging protocols from Microsoft</A> as part of an expansion of the partnership the two companies forged in June.
Xandros, which offers desktop and server versions of Linux, is acquiring the specification and licenses for Exchange ActiveSync and Outlook-Exchange Transport Protocol so its Scalix Mail Servers can better interoperate with Microsoft clients that now primarily interact with Microsoft's Exchange Server messaging infrastructure.
Microsoft and Xandros first announced a pact to make their products more interoperable in June during Microsoft's annual TechEd conference. Microsoft also agreed not to sue Xandros users for patent-infringement. Microsoft claimed earlier this year that Linux violates more than 230 patents it holds.