Microsoft has come to a settlement agreement with plaintiffs in the Comes vs Microsoft antitrust case in Iowa and, although the amount is undisclosed, it's expected to cost the software giant tens of millions of dollars.
This estimate is based on the fact that the same lawyers who prosecuted the Iowa case won a similar case against Microsoft in Minnesota in 2004. Their fees after winning that one? A cool $60-million.
This is in stark contrast to what Iowa consumers can expect – either small cash refunds or coupons for a free Microsoft upgrade.
The only detail to emerge about the settlement at present is that Microsoft will donate half of any unclaimed money to the state's education department to purchase computer systems for schools.
The court will make a decision on the settlement agreement on 20 April.