Mystery surrounds the abrupt cancellation of a Microsoft Java summit scheduled for this weekend, which was intended to promote the supplier?s views to 100 of the most influential Java developers.
Around 100 developers and customers were due to be flown for an all-expenses paid trip to Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington this Friday and Saturday. But on Tuesday night, the planned guests were informed that the summit was postponed.
With the company involved in a legal dispute with Sun Microsystems over its use of Java, the summit would have been a major propoganda vehicle for the Microsoft view of the world. The company blamed its cancellation on scheduling conflicts with next week?s Internet World conference in New York, claiming that there were people on the invitation list who could not attend because they had to go the show.
But with the first court hearing on the dispute with Sun due to be held on Friday, some observers speculated that Microsoft was not keen on having to explain events away to so many influential people if the hearing does not go its way.
The invitation list was drawn up according to individuals activities to support the Java community, such as confernce attendance and activities, running user groups and manging online forums. The Microsoft invitation said: "We would like the chance to 'set the record straight' on how Java is supported by Microsoft and how it fits into our platform, tool, and technology strategy. ... [We] believe that your attendance and feedback at this briefing is important to the future Microsoft's Java strategy.?
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