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    Default Patent madness: MS banned from selling Word

    Welcome to the world of surprising patent lawsuits. A Texas judge ruled Tuesday that Microsoft cannot sell Word – yes, Microsoft Word, the cornerstone of Microsoft Office – in the United States.
    Full story: http://mashable.com/2009/08/12/word-patent/

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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    Full story: http://mashable.com/2009/08/12/word-patent/

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    Open Office is far better. Anyone who actually pays for Microsoft Word these days is a clueless mupp (unless there's something I've overlooked).
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    Well as real as anything patent related that comes out of East Texas.

    Though won't mean much, as MS have 60 days to appeal and they can continue as normal until then.

    Then they will probably get the ban lifted at the appeal court level as higher courts have already come down saying that trade should not be stopped over a patent battle while the legal process is underway (fallout from the RIM case)

    And while this is on going Patent office will probably review the patent and toss it out as being to broad/generic

    US really needs to stop allowing software patent's (and UK/Euro needs to stop thinking about implementing them)

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    Like the one MS was recently granted
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/08...t_word_patent/

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    Quote Originally Posted by OwlHoot View Post
    Open Office is far better. Anyone who actually pays for Microsoft Word these days is a clueless mupp (unless there's something I've overlooked).
    I go to a client and I ask them to switch from MS Office to OpenOffice, to be compatable with me. They tell me to f*** off, they'll find someone else.

    What's my answer to that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stackpole View Post
    I go to a client and I ask them to switch from MS Office to OpenOffice, to be compatable with me. They tell me to f*** off, they'll find someone else.

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    ANSWER - Sorry, Did I say those the wrong way round. Your going to pay me how much? How far would you like me to bend over?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weltchy View Post
    ANSWER - Sorry, Did I say those the wrong way round. Your going to pay me how much? How far would you like me to bend over?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weltchy View Post
    ANSWER - Sorry, Did I say those the wrong way round. Your going to pay me how much? How far would you like me to bend over?
    Good plan.

    A better plan is to skip the bit about OpenOffice altogether.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OwlHoot View Post
    Open Office is far better. Anyone who actually pays for Microsoft Word these days is a clueless mupp (unless there's something I've overlooked).
    Aside from the fact you're wrong, this is a thread about the news. Go start your own thread to whinge about things you don't like.
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