Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 31st Jan 2006 17:36 UTC, submitted by Mystic TaCo
Microsoft Microsoft has begun e-mailing its corporate customers worldwide, letting them know that they may need to start using a different version of Office as a result of a recent legal setback. The software maker said Monday that it has been forced to issue new versions of Office 2003 and Office XP, which change the way Microsoft's Access database interacts with its Excel spreadsheet. "It was recently decided in a court of law that certain portions of code found in Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003, Microsoft Office Access 2003, Microsoft Office XP Professional and Microsoft Access 2002 infringe a third-party patent," Microsoft said in an e-mail to customers. "As a result, Microsoft must make available a revised version of these products with the allegedly infringing code replaced."
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by DrillSgt on Tue 31st Jan 2006 18:57 UTC
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So, they have begun the notifications. The question to ask here is why didn't they start the notifications months ago? This case was decided back in 2005, May-June time frame. That is 6-7 months ago, so the least they could have done is notified customers back then that a change would be forthcoming.

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