Sometimes it helps just to look at the obvious when you’re trying to sort out a news story. Oracle(s orcl) CEO Larry Ellison has been known to talk smack with varying degrees of braggadocio. But sometimes he also telegraphs precisely what he’s going to do — as when he told third-party software companies like Veritas to “get off his lawn” because he was going to cut them out of the Oracle ecosystem. He then pretty much did that by offering competitive Oracle-branded offerings.
Last week, he said companies “like” Microsoft(s msft) would use Oracle’s upcoming 12C database technology. Subsequently, invitations for a Monday Microsoft-Oracle press call went out. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Windows & Tools President Satya Nadella, fresh off his Structure talk last week and Oracle co-president Mark Hurd will headline.
Speculation was off the charts because Microsoft has spent more than a decade and untold billions trying…
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