Microsoft Kicks in Java Damage Control
It seems Microsoft felt the need to call select reporters late last Tuesday night and brief them on a story that was due to break in The Wall Street Journal Wednesday morning.It seems Microsoft felt the need to call select reporters late last Tuesday night and brief them on a story that was due to break in The Wall Street Journal Wednesday morning. The article, which reported Microsofts withdrawal of support for Java in Windows XP, evidently had Microsoft so concerned that its top PR people were available for damage control throughout the night to reporters. Microsoft claimed that for those few users who may actually find some strange need to use Java, it will be downloadable from the Microsoft site in an "effortless and painless" process. "Riiiiiiiiight," laughed the Lynx. Speaking of Redmond, a friend of the Furry One claimed that Microsoft may have actively recruited Informix engineers soon after the IBM deal went through. The tattler claims that Bill Gates made an appearance at Informix and wowed the developers. It looks like Bills visit may have paid off, according to the Katt crony, since some of the top Informix engineers jumped ship. Those who left supposedly had been working on Informix XPSthe parallel edition of the Informix database. "Could this be a predictor of where Microsofts going with SQL Server?" pondered the Puss.
Siebel Systems Chairman and CEO Tom Siebel was in rare form during his companys second-quarter earnings call last week. The Kitty was very amused when Siebel described how SAP will soon buy the Clarify division from money-hemorrhaging Nortel. Clarify has been on the market for several months, and SAP has long been rumored to be the top suitor. Siebel hardly seemed concerned about two of his companys top rivals joining forces. "Every six months for the last five years, SAPs had a new CRM strategy," stated the CEO.