The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Oracle's dream ally: Microsoft "Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison, who has derided Microsoft as a "convicted monopolist," is seeking to enlist his rival — willingly or not — to bolster his hostile bid for PeopleSoft.
The company plans to request information from Microsoft to challenge the federal government's stance that the $9.4 billion offer for PeopleSoft would violate antitrust laws, a lawyer for Oracle said.
Orlando Ayala, a Microsoft senior vice president, said the company will compete for clients or subsidiaries with as many as 10,000 employees. He refused to rule out selling business-application software to the biggest companies in a few years.
"This will be a head-on collision with Oracle, you bet," he said in July. "They are moving down to smaller customers, and we are moving up."