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Microsoft evades Office ban with update for OEMs

updated 10:45 am EST, Wed December 23, 2009

MS requires new Office fix to obey ruling

Microsoft has acted quickly on its promise to keep Office on shelves by pushing an Office update to computer builders. The supplement, intended for an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) version of Office 2007 from October, removes the support for reading custom-generated XML within DOCX, DOCM and pure XML files. It should continue to open files with the code inside but will no longer show the code to comply with patent infringement claims.

No patch removing the feature is likely to come for existing owners, as the injunction against Microsoft only affects copies of Word and Office sold from January 11th onwards. The software developer has already pledged that every copy of the software at retail will be fixed by that point.

Office 2008 for Mac, beta releases of Office 2010 and third-party software like iWork and OpenOffice isn't subject to the rule as they don't implement the technology at the heart of i4i's successful lawsuit.

Microsoft has claimed custom XML isn't important but has alluded to fighting its lost appeal at levels as high as the US Supreme Court. The company faces a $290 million penalty regardless of how well it complies with the ruling and is likely to seek a complete reversal of the verdict. [via ZDNet]



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  1. Feathers

    Grizzled Veteran

    Joined: Oct 1999

    +1

    Yes!

    With a logic that could only come from a company run by a CEO like Ballmer, it's so unimportant that they'll take it to the Supreme court! Yeah, and Apple are a rounding error!

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    -3

    Re: Yes!

    Um, the feature is unimportant. They're going to appeal because (a) they don't think they've violated a patent, and (b) they don't want to pay $210 million.

    But I guess it takes some intelligence to discern the difference between importance as a feature and importance as a ruling.

  1. luckyday

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    Joined: Apr 2008

    -5

    Sukoshi

    It's not like Feather's comment was innocent. He was obviously trying to be obnoxious. And although Testudo's comment may have been "rude", anyone with at least average intelligence would have realized the difference between the feature and the monetary settlement.

  1. Sukoshi

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    Joined: Aug 2009

    +7

    ...

    Someone being obnoxious does not automatically grant the right to be insulting. Anonymity on the internet does not mean you need to leave your civility behind.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    -5

    Re...

    I'm sorry. Where was I rude? Oh, mentioning that you'd need some intelligence to discern differences? Even if it is correct (as in, can the unintelligent understand that there is a difference between the two)?

  1. DeezNutts

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    Joined: Apr 2008

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    Re: Yes!


    The appeal is more than likely happening because doing nothing just sends a message that MS is an easy target.

    I haven't seen the details of this lawsuit, but like 99% of software patents, I'm going to assume its complete bullsh*t and nothing more than a bottom feeder company trying to make a quick buck off of "obvious" ideas.

    Seriously, the entire patent office needs to be shut down. Its a relic of the industrial revolution and is doing more harm than good at this point.

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