Microsoft, PASS Postpone SQL Server Conference
- By Scott Bekker
Microsoft Corp. and the user group for SQL Server on Thursday postponed their annual SQL Server conference scheduled for next week due to the terrorist attacks of Tuesday.
"Microsoft and the organizers of PASS 2001 North America are deeply saddened by the horrific events that took place on Sept. 11, 2001. It is a tragedy that certainly challenges everyone's ability to conduct their daily lives for the next few weeks and will forever affect the way everyone feels about the world around them," Microsoft and the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) said in a statement distributed Thursday night.
The four-day conference was scheduled to start next Wednesday in Orlando, Fla. A new date has not been determined, although a Web site for attendees has been set up at http://www.sqlpass.org/events/orlando/index.cfm.
"In light of this extraordinary situation, along with its logistical ramifications, Microsoft and PASS believe it is appropriate to postone PASS 2001."
Some commercial flights resumed Thursday, but it was not immediately clear when airlines would resume normal flight schedules.
"I must caution everyone that a system as diverse and complex as ours cannot be brought back up instantly," U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said in a statement Thursday.
Also on Thursday, Microsoft announced a $10 million donation in cash and technical services to help with recovery efforts following the terrorist attack.
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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.