Microsoft and Gateway have agreed to resolve any outstanding legal issues between the two. Under the agreement, the giant of the software will pay, in phased, a total of $ 150 million over the next four years, for Gateway to drop the lawsuits antitrust that kept.
The amount will be used by Gateway for marketing, research and development and testing of new products that can run Microsoft’s current and future operating systems and productivity software.
«We are pleased to be able to leave these legal issues behind,» says Wayne Inouye, Gateway’s chief executive in a statement. «We are also looking forward to greater collaboration with Microsoft to work together for the future of computing,» he adds.
During recent times, Microsoft has established agreements antitrust with several rivals, thus managing to alienate some of the main opponents in the ongoing European process, such as Sun and Novell (see Related news).
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