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What the i4i-Microsoft patent case means for software users

The Supreme Court decision affirming the $240 million judgment against Microsoft for violating i4i's XML patent highlights the broken technology-patent system, especially for software.

By June 14, 2011


Microsoft's 'Custom XML' patent suit could put ODF at risk

Microsoft Word is under threat from a new lawsuit targeting its use of Custom XML. Is there a danger sign here for the Open Document Format?

By August 13, 2009


OpenXML Converter localization problems preventing launch

We received a couple of questions regarding the recently updated OpenXML converter from Microsoft that is used to read the new Office document formats with older versions of Office and other Office suites. For some people, this updater will not open ev

By July 29, 2009


Microsoft Office 2008 Issue: Open XML documents suggest updating software

The latest update to Microsoft's Office 2008 for Mac, Service Pack 2, has created a host of issues for users. One of the more prevalent problems on our comment boards and in our email relates to Open XML documents (.pptx, .xlsx, .docx) returning an error

By July 22, 2009


Microsoft Office Open XML Converter not showing updated version number

Although this appears to be strictly a goof on Microsoft's part, several MacFixIt readers have reported that after updating to the latest version of Open XML Converter (1.0.3) the version number remains the same (1.0.2), prompting many users to continuous

By June 11, 2009


I4i: Patent office rules against Microsoft

Company touts a patent office ruling as a "very material step" forward in its claim against Microsoft regarding XML features in Office.

By May 11, 2010


Google Skipfish scans Web apps for security

The new open-source tool is designed to search for flaws, including "tricky scenarios" such as blind SQL or XML injection.

By March 22, 2010


Web guru Tim Bray takes Google Android job

The co-inventor of XML likes Google's philosophy overall, and especially how it applies to competing against the 'Disney-fied walled garden' of Apple's iPhone.

By March 15, 2010


Create custom keyboard layouts with Ukelele

Ukelele is a tool that can create XML keyboard layouts for use in OS X version 10.2 and later.

By October 7, 2009


I4i takes on Microsoft claims in latest brief

I4i responds to Microsoft's defenses concerning XML patent infringement case involving Word.

By September 9, 2009