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. [...]
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.