LinuxWorld: Microsoft Files for XML Patents
Jan 27, 2004, 15:30 (24 Talkback[s])
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"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..."