twofish writes "In his blog, Dan Fernandez, the lead project manager for Visual Studio Express, responded to the flurry of messages and blog postings that circulated since Michael Kolling first blogged about Microsofts patten application that threatened BlueJ, an educational tool used to teach OO. (See slashdot here or blueJ here)
Dan has gone so far as to offer an apology to Michael Koumllling and the BlueJ community. "We can officially say that the patent application was a mistake and one that should not have happened. To fix this, Microsoft will be removing the patent application in question."
Additionally, the Product Unit Manager is investigating how and why the application was made."