Microsoft gives away "VMware-costs-too-much" shwag at VMworld

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This is a funny move, from a fierce-but-friendly competition point of view (although it is doubtful that new VMware CEO, Paul Maritz, would see it that way.) On Tuesday morning, as 14,000 VMworld attendees made their way to the first keynote sessions, Microsoft booth babes (or more like street babes -- but that sounds a little risque when talking about Las Vegas), stood outside and handed out the following. (Picture courtesy of the Microsoft Virtualization team blog.) They gave attendees $1 casino chips on cards that said "Looking for your best bet? You won't find it with VMware. Visit

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