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LinuxWorld: Microsoft Files for XML Patents

Jan 27, 2004, 15:30 (24 Talkback[s])

"In what is being interpreted as either a preemptive move against IBM's plan to migrate to Linux on the desktop, a direct challenge to software vendors who want to interoperate with Word through XML, or just a more general confirmation that it is worried about Open Source, Microsoft last week filed--in the European Union and New Zealand though not in the US--for various XML patents.

"Specifically, Microsoft has applied for a patent to cover a word-processing document stored in a single XML file..."

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