For those that have been following the story for a while there is finally new information.
An appeals court on Tuesday ordered Microsoft to stop selling Microsoft Word 2007 and other Office 2007 products by Jan. 11 because the software infringes on a patent held by a Canadian company. The judge also hit Microsoft with a $290 million fine.
While some may cheer that this opens a small window against Microsoft Office others will jeer because it upholds software patents. For me I am not sure which ‘side’ to fall on. Given the sales figures for Microsoft Office last year I can not help but wonder how much could be saved if people were ‘forced’ through a sales ban to consider alternatives.
Microsoft Office, which includes Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, accounted for more than $3 billion in worldwide sales in Microsoft’s most recent fiscal year and is used by literally millions of businesses and consumers for everyday tasks like word processing and creating spreadsheets and presentations.
Yes, Dr. Evil that is three billion… yes, billion with a ‘B’. For those who are unfamiliar with the alternatives let me suggest; OpenOffice.
Where do you stand on this?