By webmink on Feb 07, 2006
Help me here. I thought one of the key advantages of buying software from a corporation was they protect you from patent claims - part of something called "indemnification". It's what Sun did with Kodak when Kodak managed to persuade a Rochester court that a patent they bought was valid and infringed by the Java environment (despite the prior art). Sun took the $90M bullet and saved Java developers and deployers from having to change anything.
So why exactly are all Microsoft's customers being told to upgrade Office or face a lawsuit? Microsoft lost the case, paid damages but does not appear to have bought a license to the patent. So all its customers remain at risk from a patent lawsuit themselves, unless they update their software to use Microsoft's work-around. Did one of the world's richest and most aggressive companies just fail to indemnify their customers? Surely not.