Microsoft Corp. on Dec. 10 announced changes to its offer to settle private antitrust lawsuits by donating reduced-price software, computers, and training to needy schools. The changes are designed to answer criticism the donations will extend the company's market dominance into education.

Microsoft lawyer Tom Burt urged U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz to accept the settlement, saying schools would benefit from the settlement plan, not the software giant. He said schools would be able to make their own technology choices.

"This is going to be a platform-neutral settlement that


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