PCWorld: Users Sue Microsoft for Anticompetitive Practices

“Four law firms in three jurisdictions have filed suit against
Microsoft and several of its computer-manufacturer partners on
behalf of users who don’t want to pay for the unwanted Windows
software preloaded on their machines.”

“The plaintiff in the California case is Charles Lingo, who
complains that he had to pay for two operating systems: The one he
uses, and Microsoft Windows, which he didn’t want but which came
preloaded on his computer. Lingo referred all inquiries to his

“It accuses Microsoft of “forcibly” enlisting vendors to limit
competition among applications by threatening to stop licensing
Windows or upgrades to them.”