Microsoft Word Ban Postponed, Stays on Shelves for Back to School

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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.

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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]

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Colonel Jack O'Neill

I been try to follow it, but I can't figure out why they're suing. How can someone sue for using custom XML. There's lots of programs that let you customize XML. Why are they only going after Microsoft.

Isn't RSS feeds xml that you can customize, Can't you also make your own custom xml for your own website.

This whole case needs to be thrown out, doesn't make any sense.