Microsoft have to cease providing Custom XML as part of its Office suite, as a federal appeals court upheld an injunction against Microsoft that barring settlement or further appeal will prevent the company, as of Jan. 11, from selling copies of Microsoft Word in the U.S. containing XML technology found to infringe on a patent held by i4i Inc., a small Toronto company. “This injunction applies only to copies of Microsoft Word 2007 and Microsoft Office 2007 sold in the U.S. on or after the injunction date of January 11, 2010. Copies of these products sold before this date are not affected.” “With respect to Microsoft Word 2007 and Microsoft Office 2007, we’ve been preparing for this possibility since District Court issued its injunction in August 2009 and have put wheels in motion to remove this little-used feature from these products. Therefore, we expect to have copies of Microsoft Word 2007 and Office 2007, with this feature removed, available for U.S. sale and distribution by injunction date. In addition, beta versions of Microsoft Word 2010 and Microsoft Office 2010, which’re available now for downloading, don’t contain the technology covered by the injunction,” stated Kevin Kutz. Microsoft was already starting to distribute that alternative version to its industry partners on Monday afternoon, prior to the ruling.
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