Mark, your post appears to give the official Viva line. To all intents and purposes all the offices have closed with the sales people being given the option to continue working at the Expo or to seek pastures new and gift any outstanding commissions to the company. Those contract staff who have been given notice have been offered a fraction of their legal entitlement on the condition they sign a document confirming that they have received the full entitlement. A skeleton staff will remain in the hope that the company can salvage whatever commissions are due on pending sales. As for optimism about the Expo in 08, why don’t you poll the developers who are present as to their opinion whether such optimism is justified?