Microsoft has had to remove almost all versions of its Office product from its US on-line shop in order to comply with an injunction taken out against it by giant-slaying i4i.
Last month, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a previous decision made by a district court in Texas, which ruled ithat Microsoft should stop selling patent-infringing copies of Word 2007 and Office 2007 in the US after 11 January 2010.
Microsoft said it has developed a workaround but has obviously not been able to stitch it into the code in time
Microsoft is offering Yanks a trial version of Orifice 2010 for free or a copy of Office Ultimate 2007, at $670
UK customers can still get Orifice for Home or students for £77.
A Microsoft spokesman told Computerworld that a tweaked product would be back in the virtual shop soon. Meanwhile, other outlets such as Amazon are still flogging the dodgily-produced, patent-infringing software.