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Judge: Microsoft can't sell Word anymore

Published Wednesday, August 12, 2009 10:01 AM by Sumeeth Evans

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A Texas judge ruled Tuesday that Microsoft cannot sell one of its flagship products, Word, in the United States because of patent infringement.

You read that right: Microsoft cannot sell Word, the judge ruled.

Judge Leonard Davis, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, ordered a permanent injunction that "prohibits Microsoft from selling or importing to the United States any Microsoft Word products that have the capability of opening .XML, .DOCX or DOCM files (XML files) containing custom XML," according to an announcement by the plaintiff, Toronto-based i4i Inc.

XML essentially is a programming language that allows users to customize the underlying format of their word-processing documents, for example, and makes them readable across different word-processing programs. The ability to read and write XML documents is an integral feature of Microsoft Word.

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Indeed, Microsoft will likely do everything in its power to overturn Tuesday's ruling. And indeed, Microsoft will likely prevail.

XML is an open standard anyways, what a dumb ass judge

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Indeed, Microsoft will likely do everything in its power to overturn Tuesday's ruling. And indeed, Microsoft will likely prevail.

XML is an open standard anyways, what a dumb ass judge

This makes it look political.  The judge was using b.s. reasoning when he really doesn't (or wants people to think) the way software works.  He will get paid under the table by Microsoft and then it will be settled.

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