Microsoft Promises Not to Sue29 November 2005 · Filed in News
Microsoft recently made a move to “open” up its XML-based file formats for Microsoft Office 2003 and the forthcoming Office 12. These file formats were offered to ECMA International for consideration as a formal open standard. However, the “license” for these file formats was merely a promise not to sue people violating its patents on the use of the file formats. Read more here.
Personally, a promise “not to sue” from any large corporation—not just Microsoft—wouldn’t be good enough for me were I a developer. Somehow, I don’t think that many developers are going to feel completely comfortable incorporating Office 2003/12 XML-based file formats into their applications based solely on the Patent Protection Covenant. What happens when (not if) the covenant changes?Tags: Microsoft · Standards Previous Post: IE Exploit Moves from DoS to Remote Code Execution Next Post: Open Enough for Massachusetts