Summary: More patent violations from Microsoft mean that fewer features of Microsoft Office are left and Google takes advantage
Patent violations in Office have already fragmented Microsoft's OOXML based on geography. There may be other patent issues that Alex Brown and Microsoft hid in OOXML (the i4i case [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12], just for starters, shows that they lied to the public). Now comes the VirnetX case [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10), which castrates Office Communicator:
Microsoft has far from given up on the VirnetX patent-infringement case, but it has started working to strip the technology in question from Office Communicator, an executive said.
Over at the ‘Microsoft press’ we have this post about one of Microsoft’s crooked insiders, Alex Brown [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21], who recently pretended to have nothing to do with Microsoft’s inability to respect ISO [1, 2, 3, 4]. It’s an exercise of reputation laundering and now comes the Microsoft response, which is an admission from Microsoft employees that they are not following their own documentation of their proprietary formats. It’s the same formats which had them corrupt national standards bodies. They just don’t give a damn and this latest promise is not a binding contract. Microsoft has already been accused of lying about such plans/promises (the accusation came from Mogens Kühn Pedersen, chair of the Danish Standards Committee). Either way, based on this new article, “Microsoft Office 2010 Is Defeated by Google’s Gantlet”:
Despite the fact that the company has already installed a vast base of customers that use Office products, its mindshare is decreasing because a great part of users moved to Google Apps.
Google is not the solution because it is proprietary software. However, it supports ODF and it is built on top of GNU/Linux. █