Software giant Microsoft Corp. will give more than $1 billion in cash, software, training, and computer hardware to thousands of the nation's poorest schools during the next five years, under a tentative agreement to settle more than 100 class-action lawsuits that alleged Microsoft products were overpriced.

The agreement was submitted to the Federal District Court of Maryland Nov. 20 and is awaiting approval by U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz in Baltimore, who is overseeing the class-action suits.

If accepted, the settlement will provide cash, computer hardware, software, technical


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