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Microsoft has reached an agreement with Mike Rowe, the Canadian teenager who
was using the Web site mikerowesoft.com in alleged violation of the
Microsoft tradmark. In exchange for Mike turning over the mikerowesoft.com
domain to Microsoft, the company has:
Agreed to help direct any traffic from mikerowesoft.com to Rowe's new Web
site (which he's currently working on) to make sure he doesn't lose any
business. The company will pay any out-of-pocket expenses related to this
change, including cost associated with changing over to the new url and any
other expenses. (The Rowe family is now calculating those expenses.)
Invited Mike and his family on to the Microsoft campus for the company's
Microsoft Research Tech Fest in March.
The company will pay for the travel and accommodations. No promises, but
it's possible he could meet Bill Gates, depending on the Microsoft
chairman's schedule, Desler said.
Agreed to pay for Mike to get Microsoft Certification training. Depending on
which courses he chooses, this could lead him to become a certified support
technician, or system administrator, or something along those lines.
Agreed to give Mike a subscription to MSDN, the Microsoft Developer Network
Web site, with various tools for developing software around Microsoft
Agreed to give Mike an Xbox game system, complete with a number of games of