Microsoft sued over Excel

By Derek Sooman on May 19, 2005, 4:56 AM
A lawsuit filed against Microsoft alleges that software used by Office to transfer information between its spreadsheet products Excel and Access was in fact was stolen from a Guatemalan inventor. Carlos Armando Amado claims that in 1992 he tried to sell his technology to Microsoft, which he had patented in 1990. Amado alleges that the technology, which works by letting users move data between Excel to Access via a spreadsheet, was used by Microsoft in Office releases between 1995 and 2002. Microsoft, however, claim that they started work on the technology in 1989.

The suit does not claim specific damages but lawyers told Reuters they would be asking for about $2 for every copy of the software sold, which equates to $500m. The case is being heard in the US District Court of Central California.




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fhaidach said:
No wonder. So, what else is new? Everyone knows that Microsoft plays hardball whenever they can. And they always think that they can get away with it because they are Microsoft. This comes to me as no surprise, since this is not the first time I have heard about such cases. Anyone can check out the cases of Sendo and Burst.com as an example of typical Microsoft behavior. As you will see, the evidence is overwhelming. Here are the links ...Enjoy! (fhaidach)Sendo accuses Microsoft of dirty tricks[url]http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-978687.html[/u
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phantasm66 said:
Microsoft are always going on about the freedom to innovate, but the freedom they seem to seek is more the freedom to steal innovation from others. I am not surprised either.
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