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Consumer Class Action Settlement Information

Microsoft and class counsel have reached proposed settlements of lawsuits pending in a number of states (listed below) in which plaintiffs have alleged that Microsoft unlawfully used anticompetitive means to maintain a monopoly in markets for certain software, and that as a result, it overcharged consumers who, during specific time periods, licensed in the United States for use in the specific states below Microsoft's operating system software and/or certain of Microsoft's applications software. Microsoft denies these allegations and maintains that it developed and sold high-quality and innovative software products at fair and reasonable prices. Courts have preliminarily approved the proposed settlements in the states listed here, but the proposed settlements will become fully and finally effective only upon final judicial approval. The settlements in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Iowa, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin have been given final approval. The settlements in the District of Columbia, Florida, Kansas, Massachusetts, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and West Virginia have reached their final deadlines and have concluded.

Pursuant to court directive in connection with the preliminary approval of the proposed settlements listed below, the parties to the proposed settlements listed below are to provide further information ("notice") about the proposed settlements in certain newspapers and on a Web site and must also provide notice to certain class members via first class mail and e-mail. The notice will explain who is covered by the proposed settlements, their rights and obligations under the terms of the proposed settlements, and where additional information about the proposed settlements can be obtained. Microsoft employees are not permitted to discuss the proposed settlements with class members.

Arizona Settlement

The Redemption Period for the settlement in Arizona ended on March 7, 2009. If you have questions or would like more information, please refer to the notice package that was mailed to Class Members during the notice period, or visit the Settlement Administrator's website.

Government entities, including public schools, are not members of the plaintiff class and are not eligible to file claims under the settlement in Arizona.

Arkansas Settlement

The Redemption Period for the settlement in Arkansas ended on April 25, 2011. If you have questions or would like more information, please refer to the notice package that was mailed to Class Members during the notice period, or visit the Settlement Administrator's website.

Government entities, including public schools, are not members of the plaintiff class and are not eligible to file claims under the settlement in Arkansas.

California Settlement

The Claim Period for the settlement in California ended on January 8, 2005. If you have questions or would like more information, please refer to the notice package that was mailed to Class Members during the notice period, or visit the Settlement Administrator's website.

The Claim Period for the California Government Entities settlement ended on October 20, 2006. If you have questions or would like more information, please refer to the notice package that was mailed to Class Members during the notice period, or visit the Settlement Administrator's website.

Iowa Settlement

The Claim Period for the settlement in Iowa ended on December 14, 2007. If you have questions or would like more information, please refer to the notice package that was mailed to Class Members during the notice period, or visit the Settlement Administrator’s website.

Minnesota Settlement

The Redemption Period for the settlement in Minnesota ended on February 23, 2009. If you have questions or would like more information, please refer to the notice package that was mailed to Class Members during the notice period, or visit the Settlement Administrator's website.

Miississippi Settlement

The Redemption Period for the settlement in Mississippi ended on January 15, 2011. If you have questions or would like more information, please refer to the notice package that was mailed to Class Members during the notice period, or visit the Settlement Administrator's website.

Nebraska Settlement

The Redemption Period for the settlement in Nebraska ended on January 16, 2010. If you have questions or would like more information, please refer to the notice package that was mailed to Class Members during the notice period, or visit the Settlement Administrator's website.

New Mexico Settlement

The Redemption Period for the settlement in New Mexico ended on February 7, 2009. If you have questions or would like more information, please refer to the notice package that was mailed to Class Members during the notice period, or visit the Settlement Administrator's website.

New York Settlement

The Redemption Period for the settlement in New York ended on February 28, 2013. If you have questions or would like more information, please refer to the notice package that was mailed to Class Members during the notice period, or visit the Settlement Administrator's website.

North Carolina Settlement

The Redemption Period for the settlement in North Carolina ended on March 12, 2009. If you have questions or would like more information, please refer to the notice package that was mailed to Class Members during the notice period, or visit the Settlement Administrator's website.

Government entities, including public schools, are not members of the plaintiff class and are not eligible to file claims under the settlement in North Carolina.

Tennessee Settlement

The Redemption Period for the settlement in Tennessee ended on August 1, 2009. If you have questions or would like more information, please refer to the notice package that was mailed to Class Members during the notice period, or visit the Settlement Administrator's website.

Government entities, including public schools, are not members of the plaintiff class and are not eligible to file claims under the settlement in Tennessee.

Wisconson Settlement

The Redemption Period for the settlement in Wisconsin ended on December 31, 2012. Please refer to the notice package that was mailed to Class Members during the notice period for all information and questions, or visit the Settlement Administrator's website.

Federal government entities are not members of the plaintiff class and are not eligible to file claims under the settlement in Wisconsin.

Last Updated: March 20, 2013