Ars goes on to discuss the motives behind the deal. Although Microsoft is looking to steal VMware's thunder, the site reckons there are still plenty of good reasons to hop on the VMware bandwagon right now. One of those is simply money—VMware's initial public offering is likely to be successful, and Intel stands to make a good deal of cash. Intel also has a lot to gain from the success of any x86 virtualization vendor, since it still has the lion's share of the x86 chip market. As Ars states, "An investment in VMware is an investment in growing a vital market for Intel."