Microsoft: King of Backwards Compatibility

The most ironic part about Microsoft’s patent claims is that they are seeking to protect a hack from 14 years ago. Microsoft sued TomTom to prevent them from using code that allows long filenames to be accessible in the 8.3 filename format. For example, DOS will read “c:\documents and settings\usernameA” as “c:\docume~1\userna~1” and so will be able to access the files.