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Is Spell Check Making Us Stupid?

"Sites like Facebook and Twitter allow us a glimpse into people’s casual bad grammar and spelling habits. Despite having auto-spell checks, bad grammar and poor spelling are so prevalent in these casually-written social areas that most people don’t even notice – or don’t know any better. "

Microsoft loses Word appeal, will adjust program

The world's largest software company made the announcement shortly after a U.S. court of appeals upheld a $290 million jury verdict against it for infringing a patent held by a small Canadian software firm.

The court also affirmed an injunction that prevents Microsoft from selling versions of its Word program which contain the offending software, set to take effect January 11, 2010. Older versions of Word are not affected.

Microsoft said it is taking steps to remove the feature from Microsoft Word 2007 and Microsoft Office 2007 put on sale from that date.

HP, Dell back Microsoft in patent fight

Earlier this month, software giant Microsoft was shocked when they lost a patent dispute to i4i and were told that the word processing application Word would be blocked from sales starting in October.

Microsoft has appealed the decision and today has gotten some backup support from the large computer manufacturers (and big Microsoft customers) HP and Dell.

The companies asked the judge in the case to reconsider the injunction, or at least delay it by 120 days.

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