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[News] Microsoft Word Has Shills; Why the Industry is Better Off with Microsoft Word Banned

  • Subject: [News] Microsoft Word Has Shills; Why the Industry is Better Off with Microsoft Word Banned
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 06 Sep 2009 00:11:17 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Letter from AmeriKat: Part 1 (patents)

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| As reported by the Wall Street Journal, i4iâs chairman, Loudon Owen called 
| Microsoftâs brief an "extraordinary document" that "captures the hostile 
| attitude of Microsoft toward inventors who dare to enforce patents against 
| them." But with friends like Dell and Hewlett-Packard each filing amicus 
| curiae briefs in support of Microsoftâs motion to stay the injunction, i4i is 
| looking to have to fight more software and computer giants than just 
| Microsoft. The AmeriKat predicts that with the addition of Dell and 
| Hewlett-Packardâs briefs and in applying the third and fourth factors in the 
| test for an injunction as set out in eBay Inc v MercExchange she would be 
| surprised if the Court of Appeals does not lift or in someway amend the 
| injunction given the far-reaching effect on third parties like Dell and HP.          


Microsoft Word Ban: Maybe it Wouldn't be so Bad

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| First, there are plenty of alternative word processors out there, most of 
| which read Word files perfectly well. Sure, there might be a few formatting 
| glitches, but thatâs to be expected during any file conversion. Microsoft 
| Office users, particularly those who rely heavily on the well-honed 
| integration between Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint, would experience 
| the most problems. But, again, the ban would affect new sales of Word, not 
| existing copies. So users would have time to develop workarounds.      
| Plus, thereâd be one big silver lining to a Microsoft Word ban: A true 
| universal document format could take hold, one that replaces todayâs defacto 
| standard -- Microsoftâs doc/docx -- thatâs tied too closely to the whims of 
| one software vendor.   
| Word ban? Sure, why not?


A few creative options for working without Word



Microsoft Hit with Another Two Patent Suits

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| EMG Technology has charged Microsoft with violating Patent
| 7020845, "Navigating internet content on a television using a simplified
| interface and a remote control," and Patent 7441196, "Apparatus and method of
| manipulating a region on a wireless device screen for viewing, zooming and
| scrolling internet content." Both patents have been infringed upon by
| Microsoft Windows CE, PocketPC and Windows Mobile, the suit charges.

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