How to buy Microsoft Word and MS Office before the ban on January 11, 2010

Microsoft has lost a patent dispute with Canadian company i4i and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ordered Microsoft to stop selling Microsoft Word  2007 and other Office 2007. This ban comes into effect on January 11, 2010. Microsoft is however moving quickly to comply with the injunction that comes into effect on January 11, 2010, according to a statement issued by the software giant.

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The statement also said that the 'injunction applies only to copies of Microsoft Word 2007 and Microsoft Office 2007 sold in the United States on or after the injunction date of January 11, 2010. Copies of these products sold before this date are not affected.'

There's expected to be a huge surge in sales of Microsoft Word 2007 and MS Office 2007 until then because of the fear that these products will be unavailable after that date for some time. This fear is unfounded however as in all likelihood,
Microsoft will release versions of their products with the 'little-used XML features' before the date of the injunction.

Following the injunction ruling, Microsoft has also been ordered to pay a $287 million fine. Earlier this year in May, Microsoft lost a suit against i4i. The suit established that Microsoft Word's handling of .xml, .docx, and .docm files infringed upon the patented XML handling algorithms of i4i. Nevertheless the injunction against further Word sales was put on hold pending the results of this appeal.

In August 2009, Microsoft was asked by a US judge to stop selling Microsoft Word in its current form in the United States since it infringed upon a patent owned by i4i.

Some believe that older versions of Microsoft's Word and Office 2007 may start selling on eBay for those who need the XML features that are expected to be removed.