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Company also says that the ban will cause it "irreparable" harm

I4i's victory in its patent infringement case against Microsoft was a slap in the face for the Redmond juggernaut.  Not only did a judge order $290M USD in damages be awarded to i4i for Microsoft's violation of its XML patents, but it also ordered Microsoft to stop selling Word, in its current form, until a final verdict is reached.  Word currently uses the Office Open XML (OOXML) format, which infringes on i4i's patent.

As 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. 

Writes Microsoft's 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."

Some 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.

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By bkslopper on 8/20/2009 3:59:53 PM , Rating: 2

You don't like Windows, and you don't seem to like Linux either?

Apple fan?

RE: I hope Microsucks gets whacked for $500 Billion
By Beenthere on 8/20/09, Rating: -1
By Jjoshua2 on 8/20/2009 8:58:51 PM , Rating: 3
You should try writing your own OS sometime :)

RE: I hope Microsucks gets whacked for $500 Billion
By Motoman on 8/20/2009 10:32:22 PM , Rating: 2
How about Windows NT 4.0 and up, Mac OSs for (I don't know) the last few versions, and virtually all distros of Linux.

...the vast majority of problems anyone has with any OS is between the keyboard and the chair.

Reckon you could try an Amiga if you wanted. Or SkyOS. You know what? I don't think DOS ever crashed. And it's plenty user-friendly, so long as you learn DOS commands. I liked it just fine, back in the day. Since you're clearly smarter than all of the rest of us, you shouldn't have any problem at all.

By cornelius785 on 8/21/2009 9:54:00 AM , Rating: 2
oh right, so it's MY fault that i find KDE/gnome somewhat confusing; MY fault that I have to dig through google looking for tid bit of information to solve a problem based on mailing lists/IRC chats/forum thread anywhere that could be up to a several years old; MY fault that people get called an idiot, told to google (or search for) it, told to just code it yourself, and similar; MY fault that when i have to search sometimes for hours (to find the right version and somewhat recent) looking for a tutorial to get something running; and (my favorite) MY fault that the devs of fedora thought it was APPROPRIATE to release a version of fedora that they KNEW it would break computers with scsi or RAID well before it gets released. saying a blanket term that most problem are caused by the idiot at the keyboard is a short sighted.

that being said, i'm still sticking with fedora for a home server (plus more), which i've been running since fedora 4. linux is still heavily developer friendly and needs some polishing before i'd consider installing it on a non-server computer.

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