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#1 NickDMax   User is offline

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Microsoft Can not sell MS Word 2010, 2007, or 2003 anymore

Posted 21 August 2009 - 11:57 AM

I don't know how I missed this. Major blow to Office 2010. Does not surprise me much though.
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#2 PsychoCoder   User is offline

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Re: Microsoft Can not sell MS Word 2010, 2007, or 2003 anymore

Posted 21 August 2009 - 12:36 PM

I guarantee it wont stand, Word isn't going to disappear and anyone who thinks it is is just naive (Not directed at you Nick lol)
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Re: Microsoft Can not sell MS Word 2010, 2007, or 2003 anymore

Posted 21 August 2009 - 09:47 PM

I don't think anyone expects this to kill Word (especially considering that there really is no one waiting in the wings for the lead to stumble -- what OpenOffice? Google Docs?) -- especially on something that does not seem terribly fundamental and devastating to the core functionality.

This may give a little more steam to Microsoft's "pay-per-click" idea for word.

If I were a possible contender in the space I might be getting my game face on though -- Just because it is unlikely that Word will be toppled as the predominant standard does not mean that this may offer some wiggle room for contenders.
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Re: Microsoft Can not sell MS Word 2010, 2007, or 2003 anymore

Posted 21 August 2009 - 10:00 PM

We all remember how seriously that Microsoft took the anti-trust lawsuit.

"This isn't over"

With Microsoft it's never over. They don't have to obey, they pay a fine & move on.

As far as I'm concerned, no one wins from this. It's exactly this type of interaction that hurts the computer users as well as the manufacturers.
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Re: Microsoft Can not sell MS Word 2010, 2007, or 2003 anymore

Posted 21 August 2009 - 10:02 PM

This is going to be an epic fail. You can't just stop selling Word. Word is an essential application for many people. Thats going to be a more bigger effect than breaking a patent.
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Re: Microsoft Can not sell MS Word 2010, 2007, or 2003 anymore

Posted 28 August 2009 - 06:19 AM

The ironic thing is that the company that started this whole deal is producing a XML authoring tool for Office (and they even show it working with Word). I personally think that this is just pathetic (from the side of the initiating company), they probably just somehow figured out that they can get attention to their product by suing Microsoft. Will this process help the industry develop? No. Will this process get users to use products from the initiating company? I guess not.

Simply, in future versions of Word, Microsoft will probably change the way XML files are handled and it will be over at that point. Word is an essential tool and it will not go away.
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Re: Microsoft Can not sell MS Word 2010, 2007, or 2003 anymore

Posted 05 September 2009 - 07:57 PM

I agree with Core in that they will probably ust change a few things around and BAM!!! a new legally safe copy of word is born...and since it is such a staple of the business community companies that won't be able to buy word 2003 or 2007 for their new computers, if the court rules that way, will have to buy the new probably more expensive version of word.
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