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Microsoft mishap in Madison funds 1,400 iPads

In a classic story of greed, manipulation, and sweet retribution, a lawsuit between the state of Wisconsin and Microsoft found that Microsoft had overpriced its software and deceived consumers, and now has inadvertently become the source of funding for Madison's school system to purchase 1,400 iPads over the next two years.

In a classic story of greed, manipulation, and sweet retribution, a lawsuit between the state of Wisconsin and Microsoft found that Microsoft had overpriced its software and deceived consumers, and now has inadvertently become the source of funding for Madison's school system to purchase 1,400 iPads over the next two years.

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Back in 2009, according to a report from Cult of Mac, the state of Wisconsin sued Microsoft for overpricing its software, effectively cheating consumers out of their hard-earned money. That lawsuit ended in an award of $80 million, which the state decided to split among its school districts.

Using its $2.1-million share, the city of Madison decided to purchase about 600 iPads for the current school year, setting aside the rest of the cash to purchase 800 iPads for next year.

Perhaps it's not a Hollywood-esque dramatic turn of events, but in the age-old battle between Mac and PC, chalk this up as a win for Mac (and the students in Madison who get to shed some textbooks in favor of an iPad). Are iPads the future of learning in the classroom? Let me know your opinion in the comments!