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Windows 7: Microsoft Violated Patent: Cannot Sell Word


22 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 
Microsoft Violated Patent: Cannot Sell Word

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WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a $290 million judgment against Microsoft Corp. and issued an injunction that will prevent the sale of its popular Word software.
The court injunction is set to go into effect Jan. 11. Microsoft has said such a bar would prohibit the sale of all currently available versions of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office.
Microsoft had appealed a Texas jury verdict in favor of i4i Inc., a Toronto company. The jury found recent versions of Microsoft Word infringed on a software patent.
Microsoft has said that it and the public will both suffer if Word goes off the market while the company devises a workaround. The court said the decision does not affect copies of the programs sold before the injunction goes into effect, so Microsoft can still provide technical support to the old versions even if they infringe on the patent.
Court: Microsoft violated patent; can't sell Word - Yahoo! News

Wow. They can't even sell it while they work on changes.

Between the U.S. courts and the EU, MS can only win in the court of public opinion!

Discuss!


EDIT: MS says no worries; they will have it available in January:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Court-....html?x=0&.v=5


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22 Dec 2009   #2

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 
Ms Office Illegal in Canada from Jan ?????

Hi all
I was half drunk at the time but watching on our International 'Biz News channel (even if it is XMAS the Stock market is still open ) I think I saw something about another MS tangle with lawyers upholding some previous Court decision involving a canadian company i4i (I think) and MS Office.

Anyway upshot is that someone in Canada can't sell MS Office from Jan 2010 -- not sure who'se suing who or what but if someone can enlighten me -- I can't believe MS Office is going to be blocked in Canada although looking at some international Court decisions these days anything is possible if you pay the Lawyers enough.

Here's also another reference from the BBC.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8427474.stm

If you like XML, DOCX, DOCM etc download current versions of Office NOW.


Cheers
jimbo
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22 Dec 2009   #3

Vista Ult64, Win7600
 
 

Hi, Jim it was discussed here earlier on, still it is bad news for MS at this moment in time.


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22 Dec 2009   #4

 

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22 Dec 2009   #5

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Hi there
Thanks for the Link --I missed that -- was drinking Beer (and other stronger stuff) -- Xmas "Practice" party.

Still download current versions if you want to use the feature -- XML is actually quite useful as a format.

Cheers
jimbo
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22 Dec 2009   #6

Stools
 
 

I love my docx what happens now?
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22 Dec 2009   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

That sucks for MS, although it doesn't seem like it's going to make much difference anyway, since they have been working on a workaround since August.

Kinda makes me wonder though, how many people on here are still using 2003/2007, and how many are running the 2010 Beta.
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22 Dec 2009   #8

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Obsidian View Post
I love my docx what happens now?
Keep your existing versions of Office - these will still be valid whatever happens.

Cheers
jimbo
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22 Dec 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Seems things are blown out of proportion here.

The injunction is against the custom XML function...which Microsoft director of public affairs, Kevin Kutz says, "is a little used feature" that they are quickly removing from the 2003 and 2007 products. It's not included with the 2010 product whatsoever.

This isn't the ability to use docx formats or xml in general.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Win7User512 View Post
Between the U.S. courts and the EU, MS can only win in the court of public opinion!

Discuss!
Well, according to i4i, the infringement was intentional and was a deliberate attempt to remove i4i from the marketspace. Sounds to me like Microsoft might have been stepping on some toes in order to retain their stranglehold in the marketspace. In my court of opinion, I prefer fair business practices and a better product...not a strong-arm tactic from a monopoly.
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22 Dec 2009   #10

Windows 7 -x6
 
 

openoffice.... ?
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