After losing its patent infringement lawsuit on Tuesday, Microsoft has released a patch that removes custom XML elements from Word.
ComputerWorld: On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal District ordered Microsoft to pay i4i nearly US$ 300 million in damages and to stop selling current versions of Word and Office by Jan 11. Soon after the verdict was announced, the software giant released a patch which removes the offending "Custom XML" code. While individual customers who already use Word are under no obligation to install the patch, OEMs must install the patch to any systems that they sell after Jan. 11. That gives HP, Dell, and the other manufacturers just a few weeks to make the changes.