Although CI Labs is not due to formally close until June, only half a dozen developers remain to complete the work on a bridge between Java and its own Opendoc technology.
The bridge that will enable Opendoc components to communicate with Java applets is due to be completed imminently, when the developers will be transferred back to IBM. The staff contributed by Apple, IBM's partner in CI Labs, have already left.
CI Labs' board voted at the start of April to shut the organisation, but it will not be completely disbanded until June and its Web site will continue online for another year.
John Slitz, vice president of IBM?s object technology marketing, said: ?The Apple staff have already gone - they left when it made its job cuts about six weeks ago. But we?re looking for places for our staff now in IBM. CI Labs was redundant and had served its purpose. It was so wrapped up in Opendoc that we didn?t see it had a role in the Java world, but because the world has moved to Java, we didn?t see the point in continuing to put in our $125,000 a month.?
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