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Microsoft to be first company to reach the $10 billion lawsuit bill

How much money has Microsoft paid out until now? That's a tough question. Microsoft has been paying out large amounts of money to states, individuals and companies alike.

A July 2005 (opens in new tab) figure shot to $9 billion while others put it at nearly $7 billion (opens in new tab). Anyway, that figure is bound to increase in the forthcoming months if Microsoft does not comply with the European Commission's requests.

The Seattle based company might become the first company ever to pay more than $10 billion in lawsuits and settlements. But Microsoft isn't any company. It has more than $33 billion in cash and is expected to earn more than $50 billion in 2007 when the world welcomes new versions of Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007.

There's a long list of Microsoft (and Apple) related lawsuits and patent disputes maintained by an enthusiast here.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.