Microsoft has proposed to settle federal and state antitrust lawsuits by providing $1 billion in computers, software, and support services to needy U.S. schools. This offer is drawing criticism from some education advocates, as well as rival computer and software makers. One of the highest-profile critics is Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs, who is concerned that Microsoft's donations would increase the presence of Windows software in schools and pressure schools to purchase Windows-compatible machines.

Apple has filed a request with the court that is reviewing Microsoft's proposal, asking the court to require that funds provided


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