Microsoft anti-trust settlement leads to funds for nonprofits, charter
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| More than 33 New Mexico non-profit organizations and charter
| schools will receive a total of $1.7 million in Microsoft
| settlement money for the purchase of computer hardware and
| software. Many organizations are expected to receive the
| funds this week.
| The settlement stems from a 1998 anti-trust suit, filed by the
| U.S. Department of Justice and 20 states, including New Mexico,
| alleging that Microsoft unlawfully used
| anti-competitive measures to obtain a monopoly on software. As
| a result, the class-action suit claimed, the computer giant
| overcharged New Mexico consumers who licensed its MS-DOS,
| Windows, Word, Excel, and Office software.
The criminal pays its bail money in the form of software. Surprise, surprise.