A U.S. District Court in Texas has banned the sale and support of Microsoft Word in the United States, after a judge ruled that Microsoft had violated patents held by Canada-based technology company i4i....
"We are disappointed by the court's ruling," Kevin Kutz, a Microsoft spokesperson, said in a statement. "We believe the evidence clearly demonstrated that we do not infringe and that the i4i patent is invalid. We will appeal the verdict and the related injunction."
In May, jurors also ruled that Microsoft had infringed on U.S. Patent 5787499, issued to i4i in 1998, and leveled a $200 million verdict against the company. That original patent dealt with document and architecture content that relies on the XML custom formatting function.
Microsoft Works is almost like Microsoft Word, but it doesn't support .xml (At least the word processor doesn't). I don't know if Microsoft Works has anything to do with i4i, so it could be an alternative.
I'm guessing (I'm probably going to be way off) that Microsoft would offer another program, that either supports MS Word documents without the XML features, or will offer two programs:
One that has it's own type of extension that is XML and the other stuff the MS Word has, and
One that converts MS Word documents to the program, and vice versa, although no one will probably use MS Word anymore.
But I could be completely wrong >.<.
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Of course it won't affect you in 2 months, but it will affect those trying to buy the software in 60 days, a.k.a they can't (the keyword is that they're banning sales of Word
Yeah, they're banning the sales of Word, not specifically the usage, so exsisting computers with Word in them should be fine, right? If not, I'm pretty sure there would be a bunch of warnings coming in or maybe there's some being prepared.
And then there is also Microsoft Works, which I remember from my old Windows 98 Compaq. It's pretty much the same as Word except without some of the fancy stuff like WordArt (and obviously won't support the same files). My best scenario is that Microsoft will start a free conversion site for .doc and .docx files and create a new version of Works/a new program altogether.
Wow... Am I happy that I live in Canada. Besides, there are alternatives to Microsoft Word, but all of the ones that I have used stink, especially Notepad (good for HTML), and Word Perfect, which is really crappy for me.
Well... I'm glad I',m Canadian! For while there are other alternatives to Word (My second preference is Open office) Word is what I grew up with and has all my freaky words saved in it's dictionary so yeah. Long Live Word!
Texas, the state that wanted to be removed from the USA, is saying that they want to ban MS Word from the USA. Their reasons are rather illogical to me. They're ruling on an invalid patent. Way to go Texas.
If they (Microsoft) still end up smacked with the 20 million dollar fine, I'll know that America obviously doesn't like following it's own rules, and have more proof of which.
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