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Dec 27 2009   5:30PM GMT

Microsoft and Word Application Injunction

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Alot of people might be confused about the Cort injunction against Microsoft and the Word 2003/2007 application. Alot of people thought that Microsoft could no longer sell Word as a whole… but thats untrue… the explanation can be read at Internet news. I have included an insert and a link to the article.

“We expect to have copies of Microsoft Word 2007 and Office 2007, with this feature removed, available for U.S. sale and distribution by the injunction date,” Kevin Kutz, Microsoft director of public affairs, said in a statement Tuesday. (Office 2010, which is due for release in June, does not contain the offending code.)

When asked why the company is touting a two-month-old update, however, Microsoft clammed up.

“This is the only comment we have to offer at this time,” a second Microsoft spokesperson said in an e-mail to

On Microsoft’s OEM Partner Center site, the update is labeled as “required.”

“After this patch is installed, Word will no longer read the Custom XML elements contained within DOCX, DOCM, or XML files. These files will continue to open, but any Custom XML elements will be removed,” the update’s description says.

Check out the full story here.

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