As Internet World drew to a close last week, Microsoft was still complaining that it had been stitched up by JavaSoft's new 100 per cent Pure Java initiative announcement last Wednesday.
The company repeated its complaint that it had not known about the announcement until the day before - although it seemed to have caught the attention of the rest of the industry, not to mention the assembled press and analysts - and as such had not had time to review the specifics of the branding scheme.
Not to be outdone, Microsoft went on the offensive, with Charles Fitzgerald, one of its Internet programme managers, dubbing Pure Java as a "least common denominator solution" and warning that "in software, least common denominators never work." He added that Microsoft's casting as the "anti-Christ in the Java religion" owed much to geographical bigotry: if Microsoft people were having lunch with Sun and Netscape people down in Silicon Valley, there would be less division, he claimed.
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