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Judge bans Microsoft Word sales

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Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8197990.stm

A US federal court has ordered Microsoft to pay over $290m (£175m) for wilfully infringing on a patent by Canadian firm i4i.

The patent relates to the use of XML, a mark-up language that allows formatting of text and makes files readable across different programs.

XML is integral to Microsoft's flagship word processing software Word.

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Serves them right, they should learn to use and support open standards and formats.
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