January 14, 2004

Judge Halts Online Microsoft Claims Site

A judge has halted a Web-based program that aimed to help California consumers file electronically for a piece of a $1.1 billion class-action
settlement against Microsoft Corp., saying anyone who wants to make a claim must fill out paperwork.

Lindows.com Inc.'s site, MSfreePC.com, promised to simplify the process and provide instant gratification. Users, after answering a few questions,
were given Lindows' Linux operating system or other open-source software instantly rather than having to wait six months for paper claims to be
processed.

Microsoft said MSfreePC violated the integrity of the claims process. Lindows countered that Microsoft did not want to simplify the process so that it
could collect a bigger portion of any unclaimed money.

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