1-11-2010 Microsoft banned from selling Word and Office.

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    Microsoft Word ruling upheld, sale prohibited as of Jan. 11
    Tue Dec 22, 2009 2:23PM EST
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    Buzz up!15 votes Office workers of America, enjoy your Christmas break. Because come the new year, things could get a little hairy around the office. Microsoft Word is now scheduled to be prohibited from sale beginning January 11, 2010. That's less than three weeks away.

    If you don't understand, you might have simply missed this story, or dismissed it as something that Microsoft would ultimately use its considerable clout to have pushed under a legal rug.

    But it's no joke. In August of this year, a court sided with a small Canadian company called i4i that holds a 1998 patent on the way the XML language is implemented, finding that Microsoft was in violation of that patent. The result: Microsoft was told to license the code in question from i4i or reprogram it, or else Microsoft Word would have to be removed from sale in the market. The original ruling gave Microsoft until October to get its legal affairs in order, but appeals pushed that out a bit.

    Now a federal court has upheld that original ruling -- plus a fat, $290 million judgment against the company -- imposing the new January 11 D-Day on the matter. Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office will both be barred from sale as of that date -- though naturally you'll still be able to use copies of Word and Office that you already own, and Microsoft will be allowed to keep supporting those copies.

    Microsoft Word sale prohibited as of Jan. 11, fix promised : Christopher Null : Yahoo! Tech
     
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    That sux. I hate Office 2007 but that's what we have at work. I've often had to replace old Microsoft disks that get lost or scratched. What a pain.
     
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    You can always go back to Display Writer.
     
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    I don't know what that is but I was quite an expert at Wordperfect. I hated making that switch. I kust told my son about your post and he says he wants to get Word for his MAC. Only a few days left.
     
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    I won't miss it it. 2007 was a POS anyway.

    So long as OOo is still in the clear, I'll be fine.
     

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