Microsoft Settles Other Suits

 
 
By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2001-11-26 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Microsoft Corp. last week reached a settlement to put more than 100 pending private antitrust cases behind it while, at the same time, scoring a huge public relations victory and increasing its exposure and installed base at schools.

Microsoft Corp. last week reached a settlement to put more than 100 pending private antitrust cases behind it while, at the same time, scoring a huge public relations victory and increasing its exposure and installed base at schools.

The private antitrust cases were brought against the Redmond, Wash., company last year following the ruling by District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson that Microsoft had violated the Sherman Antitrust Act.

If accepted by the Federal District Court of Maryland, the settlement will see Microsoft donate more than $1 billion in reconditioned PCs, services, software and training to some 14 percent of all the schools nationwide, officials said.

The proposal will result in a five-year education program that will provide cash, hardware, software, technical assistance and training to some 12,500 of the nations poorest schools, benefiting about 7 million students, officials said.

The deal establishes an independent national educational foundation to make grants to local foundations and community organizations for purchasing computers and software.

Apple Computer Inc. leads the school computer market in the United States, according to figures from International Data Corp. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the settlement was not about market share but about using the settlement to contribute to the countrys school systems. "The benefits can be used for PCs or Macs, for software for either PCs or Macs," Ballmer said.

 
 
 
 
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at www.eweek.com.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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