CNET reports that old foes Microsoft and Novell have joined forces to help harmonize their products. The two companies will collaborate on specific technologies to help Microsoft’s Windows operating system work with Novell’s Suse Linux open-source operating system. From the business side of things, they will promote each other’s products. Furthermore, the software makers have stuck a deal on patents, which will give consumers peace of mind using Novell’s open-source products. The arrangement was reached to make it easier for software buyers to run both Windows and Linux-based systems. The companies will create a joint research facility at which they will build and test new products, and work with the open-source community. The main focus of the research will be focused on: software virtualization, web services for server management, and Microsoft Office-OpenOffice.org compatibility…