Expo show whisperingsBy Chris Williams. Published: 19th Jun 2004, 20:04:48 | Permalink | Printable
News leaking from the eventToday was the Expo 2004 show, held in The Netherlands in mainland Europe. Reports from the show are already making their way to the outside, so here's the best of the catch.
During Castle's show presentation, CEO Jack Lillingston tried to reassure everyone that VirtualRiscPC had a "major part" to play in the market, as did all of RISCOS Ltd.'s sub-licensees - ideally, Castle reportedly said they wanted to see STD and MicroDigital using RISC OS 5 in their products within 12 to 18 months time. While Castle want a united RISC OS, it would appear to be one that they particularly want control over.
Meanwhile, Desk were selling and distributing MicroDigital Omegas, notably from existing stock - MicroDigital's Dave Atkins wasn't at the show, however.
RISCOS Ltd. were also exhibiting at the show, demonstrating and selling copies of RISC OS Adjust and generally giving the impression that everything was business as usual. RISCOS Ltd's managing director Paul Middleton, during his presentation, reminded punters that it was Castle who had chosen to make the recent licensing crisis public. He also reportedly added that the legal dispute could go on for years.
Despite an increase in show attendance by visitors, the number of exhibiting companies was lower than last year - perhaps illustrating the recent consolidation move between various dealers and developers. The Archive, MW Software and Castle stands were the most popular throughout the show.
More details and photos to follow, when ready.
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