Which negative press do you mention? I see LOTS of positive press.
If you give me your e-mail address, I can send you some nice articles to read.
The press I am talking about is how Microsoft are handling open source issues and the open documents saga that is going on at the moment.
If you look throughout history you will see that partnerships with them mostly benefit themselves and not the partners. There are a lot of people in the industry, end users and companies, who just don't trust Microsoft...I know that IBM is just the lesser of 2 evils but my original question still stands...How does a J2EE server fit in with their .Net strategy ... are you not wondering yourselves how this will playout?
Just being seen to be partnering with Microsoft is going to set some alarm bells ringing. This is a company that basically labeled open source as a virus and the GPL as a communist tool...sleeping with the devil isn't going to help!
You state that you want to get JBoss working more closely with Microsofts platform but shouldn't it be Microsoft doing this? It wouldn't be hard for them to implement the specific interfaces that are required for Active directory for instance. Are the implementations going to be under the LGPL or are they going to be tied to a more 'open standard' Microsoft license?
Just my opinion...if it had been Microsoft 10 years ago then I wouldn't have been so cautious but over the last decade their trustworthyness has been questioned over and over again.