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Barbara Darrow, i4i, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Office, Office 2007, patent infringement, Word 2007
So, remember when Microsoft said it could pull the copies of Word 2007 and Office 2007 that ran afoul of a legal ruling and replace them with non-offending versions in time for a January 11 deadline? Yeah, well, that didn’t turn out to be true.
MIcrosoft’s online store and MSDN pulled the offending versions of Office and Word, but didn’t have much up to replace them, according to several reports.
An appeals court judge last month affirmed a lower court finding that Microsoft Word 2007 (and by extension Office 2007) used an XML editor that infringed on the patents of Toronto-based i4i. At that time Microsoft said it would comply by removing the affected products as ordered by January 11. It also said it had already worked a fix for the problem and would substitute versions of Word and Office with that fix.