Microsoft Updates Office 2007, Word 2007 Amid Court Order

Matthew Weinberger

December 24, 2009

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Microsoft Updates Office 2007, Word 2007 Amid Court Order

Despite some misleading and sensationalistic headlines, there’s no need for VARs to worry about a court ruling involving Microsoft Office 2007 and Word 2007. In fact, Microsoft has issued updates for the software in order to comply with a court order. Without the updates, Microsoft would have been barred from selling Office 2007 and Word 2007 starting January 11, 2010. Here’s a recap of the legal issues so far.

Earlier this week, Microsoft’s lost its patent appeal against XML specialists i4i. The ruling essentially forced Microsoft to make some fast code changes. Here’s a look at the case:

  • Canadian firm i4i was first awarded $200 million by a Texas federal jury back in May of 2009 after suing Microsoft for infringing on a 1998 patent relating to the handling of custom formatting in XML documents in formats like .xml or .docx.

  • In August 2009, a judge also granted i4i’s request for an injunction on the sale of Microsoft Word, though it would be suspended pending appeal.

  • Now, in December 2009, Microsoft lost the appeal, and has to stop selling products containing the offending code – in this case, Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Word 2007.

  • In addition to updating its software Microsoft clarified that Office 2007 and Word 2007 licenses sold before the January 11, 2010 cutoff aren’t affected, and that Microsoft Office 2010, currently in open beta, didn’t contain it from the get-go. Of course, Microsoft also is planning to pursue further legal options.

In the meantime, Office sales continues…

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