In the class action lawsuit Comes vs Microsoft Corporation, Iowa's users of Microsoft products such as Windows, MS-DOS, Office, Excel, Word, Works Suite or Home Essentials 97 or 98 products are the clear winners. So where are they?
945,000 Microsoft Users MIA So Far
Des Moines' WHO-TV reported last week that only 55,000 users of the estimated 1 million Iowa users eligible for cash or vouchers have signed up so far. The deadline is December 14th, so there's still time, but with back-to-school sales, football, the World Series, and Thanksgiving all demanding their cut of Iowans' attention between now and then, some users might miss out.
How Much Can Iowans Get?
The proposed settlement (a hearing on August 31st will decide if it's fair) will provide Iowans who purchased and used the listed software between May 18, 1994 and June 30, 2006 cash (for individual licenses) or vouchers for hardware and software (for enterprise and government licenses; state and local governments using listed products from July 1, 2002 and June 30, 2006 are eligible). Vouchers can be applied to software and hardware purchased made after April 25, 2007.
Show Me the Money!
Amounts range from $29 for each Microsoft Office license to as low as $10 for each Microsoft Word license. A user with one license each for Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Windows, and Microsoft Word would receive $64. A company or individual with multiple installations of eligible products could receive hundreds of dollars in cash or vouchers, depending upon how the product was licensed, so it's worth staking a claim.
Getting Your Share
If you're an Iowan, stake your claim online, but don't forget your product ID numbers if you're claiming more than $100. Enterprise and government users, and individuals claiming more than $200 need to download, fill out, and mail back claim forms.