Microsoft Raises Bar in Lindows.com Dispute
Software giant asks court to block claims in California antitrust settlement filed through a Lindows.com-sponsored site.Microsoft Corp. is seeking the rejection of consumer claims filed through a Lindows.com Inc. Web site in a California antitrust lawsuit settlement, arguing the claims dont meet the requirements of the settlement agreement. The Redmond, Wash., software maker filed a motion earlier this month asking San Francisco Superior Court Judge Paul H. Alvarado to resolve a dispute over whether to accept claims submitted through the MSfreePC.com site that desktop Linux vendor Lindows.com created in September. The court motion is the latest move in an ongoing dispute between Microsoft and Lindows.com over the site, which Lindows.com has promoted as a faster way for California consumers to receive benefits from the $1.1 billion settlement reached in January. The two companies traded jabs in September after Microsoft threatened to take action if Lindows.com did not take down the site or address concerns about its approach.
As part of the California settlement, consumers who purchased Microsoft products between Feb. 18, 1995, and Dec. 15, 2001, can apply to receive vouchers for refunds on future purchases computer products and software after filling out a series of forms. The MSfreePC.com site prompts consumers to answer a series of questions to see if they qualify for a portion of the settlement. If they do, they then can access the Lindows desktop Linux operating system and other software that competes with the Microsoft platform.