Mississippi has reached a multi-million dollar anti-trust settlement with software giant Microsoft, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today (Thursday).
The settlement order, worth up to $100 million, between the State of Mississippi and Microsoft was approved by Hinds County Chancery Court Judge Denise Owens today and settles claims stemming from a suit filed by Attorney General Hood in 2004. Microsoft has settled suits in 21 states. This is the largest cash payment made to a state government.
The amount to be paid by Microsoft will be broken down as follows:
. $40 million will be paid to the State of Mississippi within 40 days
. (up to) $60 million in hardware/software vouchers will be provided to consumers, businesses, all county/local/municipal government entities, public schools and public school districts.
. (up to) $8 million will be paid to the State of Mississippi if all vouchers are not claimed
All Mississippi residents, businesses, county/local governments or schools that purchased Microsoft products or computers containing Microsoft products between January 1, 1996 and today will be eligible to receive a voucher of $12 or $5 (depending on which products were purchased). The vouchers can be used towards the purchase of any software or hardware product.
Software qualifying for $12 vouchers includes: Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows ME. The software qualifying for $5 vouchers includes: Application Products (i.e. Office, Word, Excel), MS-DOS, Windows 1.xx-3.xx Windows for Workgroups, Windows NT Workstation, Windows 2000 and Windows XP.