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Microsoft Leaves the Rookery, Will Attend LWE NY

Dec 13, 2002, 23:30 (39 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

LinuxWorld Expo attendees will have a new chance to meet and greet the company that has often villified open source and Linux.

That's right, Microsoft Corporation is coming back to LWE.

When it was first announced that they would be attending last summer's LWE, initial reactions were scathing and incredulous. Microsoft executives quickly announced that they were attending the conference in the hopes of establishing better communications with the Linux community.

While there were no reports of shouting matches, the Redmond, WA company's reception at the San Francisco LWE was described by several attendees as cool.

Microsoft, apparently undaunted by the chilly reception, is out to try again.

Since they are a repeat exhibitor, they are no longer confined to The Rookery, the area of the exhibition floor assigned to new exhibitors at LWE. According to Rob Scheschareg, IDG's VP of World Expos, Microsoft will no have their own 400-sq. ft. booth (#257) out on the floor.

There has been no word on what Microsoft plans to exhibit this time around, Scheschareg said.

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