Back in August, Microsoft faced the prospect of only being able to sell certain versions of Word (2003 and 2007) for another 60 days. In addition to that, the company was slapped with a large fine. It was all due to the way Word implements the use of XML, a method that Canadian company i4i claimed infringed on one of its patents. Microsoft has now been granted a stay on the injunction that would see sales of affected versions of Word banned. The date of the appeal hearing, in which Microsoft will attempt to have the original ruling overturned has also been brought forward and will now take place later this month.
So Microsoft will be allowed to continue selling word for now, with a more definite decision being made on the case sometime in the near future.