Microsoft coughs up $12 million to Opera?

— 10:32 AM on May 25, 2004

In order to avoid a lawsuit over anti-competitive behavior, Microsoft has apparently agreed to pay $12 million to the developers of the Opera web browsers. has the scoop:

But a source indicated that the payment came from Microsoft in order to close the books on a clash over obscure interoperability problems. On at least three separate occasions, Opera has accused Microsoft of deliberately breaking interoperability between its MSN Web portal and various versions of the Opera browser--charges that the software giant has repeatedly denied.
If Microsoft is the source of the payment, this is yet another legal problem dispatched quickly by the company in recent months. Nor is $12 million a lot of money for MS.
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