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Microsoft injunction 
12th-Aug-2009 11:36 am
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I thought I would be "disconnected" since I was having to leave my laptop at my desk and having to walk about a block and a half to where I work. I was able to get a cube to squat in that has a working LAN connection. On with the show...

Injunction on Microsoft Word unlikely to halt sales
A judge said the software giant can't sell Word if it allows custom XML tagging

Nancy Gohring (IDG News Service) 12 August, 2009 11:39:00
Tags: microsoft word, microsoft office, Microsoft

A judge on Tuesday ordered Microsoft to stop selling Microsoft Word products in their current form in the U.S., but legal appeals or technical work-arounds make an actual halt of sales unlikely. [...]

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It seems that Microsoft Word 2003 and 2007 infringe on a patent by i4i. Microsoft will certainly appeal the decision and if they lose, they will have a damn hard time complying. Looks like Microsoft is getting a little payback for their tactics.

If your documentation depends on XML, then you REALLY need to get with the program and look into true international open standards like ODF. Microsoft made a pseudo-standard called OOXML, which still gives them a proprietary hook into your corporate flesh ... and thus the current patent litigation over it. While there is a driver for ODF for Microsoft Office, the implementation is suspect since it suffers from the "not invented here" syndrome.

You are better off with OpenOffice.org. What's more, it is totally free.
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