Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Aug 2009 17:55 UTC, submitted by Laurence
Legal In what some will undoubtedly call ironic, Microsoft has been declared guilty of wilfully infringing upon an XML patent held by the Canadian company i4i. The judge has ordered Microsoft to pay a fine of 290 million USD, and has barred Microsoft from selling Word in the United States if the company doesn't comply within 60 days (a detail omitted by many). Microsoft has already announced it will appeal the judge's decision.
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RE: Word-less US
by fridder on Wed 12th Aug 2009 18:21 UTC in reply to "Word-less US"
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Keep in mind that this only affects the .docx and similar formats. They would still be able to distribute a version of word that uses the .doc extension.

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