the days roll by and Microsoft's 60-day compliance windows closes,
the company is pleading with courts to lift the injunction. It
says that if the injunction is not lifted it will likely be forced to
stop selling Microsoft
Office for several months.
defense team, "Microsoft and its distributors face the imminent
possibility of a massive disruption in their sales. If left
undisturbed, the district court’s injunction will inflict
irreparable harm on Microsoft by potentially keeping the centerpiece
of its product line out of the market for months. The injunction
would block not only the distribution of Word, but also of the entire
Office suite, which contains Word and other popular programs."
are puzzled, though, as to why Microsoft would stop selling Office,
rather than simply changes it file format and distinguishing between
the current and XML-less editions. States Barry Negrin, a
partner with the New York firm Pryor Cashman LLP who has practiced
patent and trademark law for 17 years, "All Microsoft has to do
is disable the custom XML feature, which should be pretty easy to do,
then give that a different SKU number from what’s been sold so it’s
easy to distinguish the two versions."
In the unlikely
event that Microsoft does indeed carry through on its claim to stop
selling Office, it could prove a headache for consumers and
businesses, who rely on the software's functionality. However,
light-weight alternatives such as Open Office 3 (which nears Office
2007 in functionality) and Google Docs could get a brief boost if
Microsoft Office disappeared for several months -- a prospect that
has some excited.
quote: ...having worked in the software industry for about 17 years, let me just call BS on this one.
quote: And I'm calling BS on your calling it BS. Do you work in the commercial software industry? I do - and MrBlastman is dead on accurate with his assessment.
quote: The point being that this is a relatively special case in terms of the change needed and the risk involved. Doesn't look to me like something that needs full regression testing.
quote: But in this case, I do think it would be pretty trivial for MS to just make unavailable the format in question. Just remove it from the options in the file dialog. Wouldn't take them much to do that. Or to verify it didn't break anything.
quote: Option 1: They can't or are unwilling to pay the $290M? Absurd, it's practically pocket change to MS. They've got billions in cash and liquid assets, they could pay it in 24 hours if they had to.