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[News] [Rival] New Microsoft Patch Makes Microsoft Office Worse, IT Business Recommends OpenOffice.org as Remedy

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] New Microsoft Patch Makes Microsoft Office Worse, IT Business Recommends OpenOffice.org as Remedy
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2010 04:29:45 +0000
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Microsoft ships Office 2007 patch to meet court deadline

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| Microsoft on Wednesday posted an update for Word 2007 that ditches 
| the custom XML tagging technology a federal court banned the company 
| from including in its software after Jan. 10.


Microsoft issues patch to remove i4i custom tags


Microsoft Word update to skip the UK 

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| An update to Microsoft Word that will remove some XML functionality 
| will not be provided to British users, Microsoft has confirmed.


Patent roulette

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| Industry observers have expressed concern over the 
| proliferation of software process patents since they 
| became generally accepted in the mid-nineties, and 
| some of the most egregious abusers of the over-burdened 
| system have been the large, lawyered-up industry giants 
| like Apple, Google, and Microsoft. The recent 
| spectacle of Microsoft being hoisted by its own 
| petard has provoked considerable glee in some 
| circles, but that's not why I find it interesting. 
| Rather, it illustrates that, increasingly, conventional 
| on-premises software is becoming just another subset of 
| Software as a Service (SaaS).


Eye for an eye - Lessons learned from Microsoft's patent debacle

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| I also find it more than a little funny to see how Microsoft was 
| crying about how unfair it all was not just to Microsoft but, as 
| Microsoft's lawyers put it at the time, to all the little people 
| out there "who require new copies of Office and Word would be 
| stranded without an alternative set of software." Microsoft's 
| attorneys also claimed that the situation would be a "major 
| public disruption," and would "have an effect on the public 
| due to the public's undisputed and enormous reliance on those products."
| Cry me a river. OpenOffice works just fine and it's free to boot. 


Patent Litigation Weekly: Jurors Explain Why They Ruled Against Microsoft 
in $290 Million i4i Infringement Trial



Another Year, Another Microsoft Job Targeting FOSS

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| Microsoft is up to its old tricks in the new
| year, as evidenced by a recent job posting for
| anti-FOSS personnel. This time, the thing that
| has Redmond sweating is what appears to be a
| mass migration of students to OpenOffice. And
| why wouldn't they? "It's free-as-in-beer and
| good enough -- much better than the Microsoft
| Works that came on their computer," noted
| Slashdot blogger David Masover.


Danish Schoolchildren Complaints About OpenOffice

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| Microsoft's technology director Jasper
| Hedegaard Bojsen then sent an open letter to
| the municipal mayor, which he denied that that
| OpenOffice should be an equal and cheaper
| alternative to Office. It led to accusations
| that Microsoft tried to implement a scare
| campaign.

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