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Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Microsoft Keeps Legal Options Against Free Office alternative

Sep 15, 2004, 18:15 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Todd Bishop)

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"Microsoft Corp.'s settlement with Sun Microsystems Inc. includes a provision explicitly preserving the Redmond company's right to sue licensees of a free alternative to its dominant Microsoft Office software.

"Industry analysts say Microsoft appears to be merely keeping its options open, not plotting to sue users or distributors of the OpenOffice.org software. But some say the provision also underscores how seriously the company is taking the threat from open-source programs that compete with its core products..."

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