Just when you thought that the year & decade would end on a good note for Microsoft after they settled their long standing browser dispute with the European Union & a successful Windows 7 launch, news has come in that Microsoft’s appeal against an injunction that barred them from selling Microsoft Office 2007 & Word 2007 in its current form in the United States has been withheld.
A case of patent infringement was filed against Microsoft by a Canadian company – i4i. The company said that Microsoft’s implementation of Custom XML in Office 2007 & Word 2007 infringed patents held by them. The courts found Microsoft guilty granting i4i $290 million in damages and directed Microsoft to either stop selling Word 2007 & Office 2007 or remove the feature. Microsoft had appealed against this ruling which they lost today.
It should be kept in mind that the verdict does not affect existing Office 2007 users and only applies to copies sold on or after 11th January, 2010. Microsoft on their part has responded to this and said that they are working on a version of Word 2007 without the contentious Custom XML feature which should be available by 11th January, 2010.
Microsoft also stated that the disputed feature is not part of Office 2010 Beta.
The verdict only affects copies sold in the US.
The verdict applies to copies sold on or after January 11, 2010.
Office 2007 will continue to sell.
Office 2010 does not have the disputed feature.