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Microsoft can't sell word, according to Federal judge

By jck ·
Texas Judge Rules Microsoft Can't Sell Word Anymore

John Biggs
Wednesday, August 12, 2009; 5:18 AM

Go ahead and clean up the coffee you just spit all over your keyboard. We'll wait. Back? OK. A judge in Texas ruled that Microsoft Word's XML systems violate patents by Toronoto-based i4i Inc. Word uses XML in reading and writing XML, DOCX, and DOCM files.The lawsuit alleges that MS violated i4i's 1998 XML patent #5,787,449. The injunction will go into effect in 60 days and prevent Microsoft from selling or demonstrating Microsoft Word. MS will have to pay i4i about $290 million in damages.

What do you think?

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by Alicia M In reply to Actually

I believe for that same reason, Windows Workflow is abbreviated WF, rather than WWF.

Just a little tidbit for a Thursday...

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Can't believe Nathan Myrvhold

by seanferd In reply to Microsoft can't sell word ...

hadn't already bought that one up! :0

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by The 'G-Man.' In reply to Microsoft can't sell word ...

This did not show up on my radar, ah well.

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If they REALLY wanted...

by maclovin In reply to Microsoft can't sell word ... kick M$ in the nuts, just tell 'em that they:

A) Can't sell it with Word until they remove that formatting and revert to their proprietary .DOC format

THEN, once they say no to that, because they're making all this money on people that now HAVE to switch to the new version...

B) Tell 'em that they are not allowed to try to buy out i4i, which is what they are already thinking of doing. Otherwise, that means people can now use all sorts of other optional programs to read the older .DOC format successfully.

And, yes, second on the METADATA thing, but I think it depends on the usage, DBs are a different monster then storage of documents, I would believe the courts might say. But, then again, when the **** has law EVER kept up with technology???

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