Satoshi Nakajima, who worked for Maritz as lead software architect for Windows 95, was surprised to hear about the appointment when contacted by InternetNews.com.
"Wow. I think they [Microsoft] should forget about Yahoo and buy VMware," Nakajima said. "Maritz knows Steve Ballmer, and who knows, this whole thing could be setting the stage for Microsoft to do a deal."
The rumor mill also has Intel potentially interested in buying VMware. Either Intel or Microsoft could do it, but EMC's price tag would likely be staggering.
In any case, Nakajima said Maritz's knowledge of the enterprise software market makes him a good fit for VMware. "Paul Maritz was the reason Microsoft shifted more of their business to the enterprise side. He saw there was a lot more opportunity to make money from enterprises than consumers as far as the revenue per machine Microsoft could make."
Nakajima is currently president of Big Canvas, a startup working on photo-sharing software for Apple's iPhone.【Hey Microsoft, forget Yahoo, buy WMWare】