Microsoft has buried the hatchet with Gateway, offering the PC manufacturer $150m to end its long-running antitrust case and promising that the two firms will work together in the future.
The legal action stems from the US v. Microsoft antitrust case in the mid-1990s, in which Gateway was specifically identified in Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's findings as having been affected by practices about which he ruled against Microsoft.
"Gateway continues to enjoy a strong relationship with Microsoft and we are pleased to put these legacy legal issues behind us," said Wayne Inouye, president of Gateway.
"We look forward to even greater collaboration with Microsoft as we work together towards the future of computing."
Under the deal Microsoft's money will be used to fund marketing and research and development at Gateway, which is developing models that can run the latest Microsoft software.
"Our relationships with PC manufacturers are integral to our success, and we look forward to working even more closely with Gateway to communicate the benefits of its products and our software to consumers," said Rodrigo Costa, OEM corporate vice president at Microsoft.
"We are very pleased to be able to resolve our past differences in a constructive manner that will allow us to continue our focus on the interests of our mutual customers."
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