As pretty much everyone expected, the U.S. Court of Appeals has granted Microsoft's request to keep selling Word while it appeals i4i's XML patent win. In mid-August, a federal jury had ordered Redmond to stop selling Word within 60 days. The alternative: cough up more than $290 million in damages.

Yeah, I don't see that happening. More likely is that they'll figure out a way to remove the offending code before explaining their side of the story on September 23. And that's the word. [Seattle Pi Microsoft Blog]