Another Settlement That Suits Microsoft

Facing a nearly impossible uphill battle, lawyers in a mass of class actions are settling for, well, not much

Things certainly are coming up roses for Microsoft. First it settled with the Bush Administration on very lenient terms. Now it has resolved more than 100 antitrust class-actions on terms that read like a company press release. Microsoft will provide software and reconditioned computers to 14,000 low-income schools -- hardly a bad deal for a company with image problems. In all, the Colossus of Redmond will contribute $1.1 billion in goods and services, hardly a stretch for a company sitting on $26 billion in spare cash. And most of it will be in-kind.

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