At Sun Microsystems last Java conference, the company was forced to admit its big Javastation thin client announcement was a no-show, being months delayed. Nearly 18 months on, the story is little different. Ed Zander, newly appointed president of Sun will kick off the company?s Java 99 conference in Paris tomorrow.
However, at the first such event since the company's previous European Java conference in Berlin at the end of 1997 and the outlook for the company?s Javastation thin client still looks gloomy.
Industry watchers had been expecting the company to use the Berlin conference to announce the thin client's commercial debut, but problems with the Java OS put back the launch until March 1998.
Different conference - same story. The next generation Javastation, expected at the beginning of this year, is now not expected to ship for this week's conference and no new date has been set for its release, admit sheepish Sun executives.
They claim the company wanted to ensure previous criticisms of the Javastation?s performance were not repeated.
It is not clear whether Sun will even announce any details of the product at this year's conference - it certainly keeps pretty coy about sales figures, which are almost certainly tiny.
The company will be making a series of partnership announcements at the event. Also, Inprise - formerly Borland - and Sun will be previewing the results of a project centred on making the Jbuilder development tool available for developers working in Unix. The companies will also be previewing Jbuilder 3.0 for Solaris at the show.
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