This new age of rapid-fire Internet publishing has bit Microsoft once again. The software company reacted to reports that it was dropping Java development and its Visual J++ Java development too for an in-house project code-named "COOL" by announcing that nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, says Microsoft product manager Michael Risse, the company will continue to support Java and Visual J++.

"There's no connection between COOL and Visual J++," he says. "The Java lawsuit is irrelevant to the thinking we are doing \[with COOL\]."

COOL, he says, will see the light of day as part of Visual C++ and not as a replacement for Visual J++ and Java. As reported yesterday in WinInfo, COOL is designed to work better with COM+, Microsoft's component development technology.

"We just released a new version of Visual J++," he adds. "There was rumor that we were laying off Java developers. That's also not true. Visual J++ is in active development, and we have no thoughts of abandoning \[Visual J++\]. To be honest, there is a cloud over Java because of the lawsuit. What's unclear is our ability to innovate on Java. But that applies to all toolmakers in the Java industry.