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