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CNET News.com: Microsoft postpones major Windows event

May 27, 2000, 02:54 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff Pelline, Wylie Wong)

"Microsoft today postponed a major corporate event featuring chairman Bill Gates that was set for next week, citing "strong indications" the U.S. District Court may enter a final ruling next week in its antitrust case."

"As you know, Microsoft scheduled Forum 2000 for June 1 in Redmond, Wash., to provide an update on our vision, strategy and technology road map," Microsoft said today in an email sent to certain editors and reporters. "However, there are strong indications that the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., may enter its final decree next week in our continuing antitrust matter, an event that we feel would distract attention and focus from our event next Thursday."

"The initiative is part of Microsoft's new strategy to keep Windows the dominant operating system in the market, as computing begins to move from desktop computers and toward Internet-enabled wireless devices, such as cell phones and PalmPilots."

"The company faces new challenges from Web-based devices, alternative operating systems such as Linux, and alternative programming models that use the Java language."

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