Microsoft in court again over Vista Capable label

By Justin Mann on April 22, 2008, 4:15 PM
When Microsoft first came under legal attack for their Vista Capable label a year ago, few had an inkling that the case would go as far as it did. Even though it faced numerous difficulties, including a stay that was put on it just a few weeks ago, the case is going forward and Microsoft finds itself defending the label once again. This time, the class-action suit is digging up information from Microsoft, including email discussions between employees regarding the label.

A very interesting point the article brings out is their business behavior when Vista's release neared. It seems that they arbitrarily lowered the graphics requirements for a Vista label, not because they discovered that slower hardware functioned well, but because they wanted to help Intel sell their motherboards with embedded 915-based graphics chipsets. Every day that goes by, it seems more and more likely that Microsoft will be on the losing end of this battle.

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nirkon said:
Did I miss something? why would they want to help Intel sell anything?are Intel and Microsoft in a partnership?
captaincranky said:
[b]Originally posted by nirkon:[/b][quote]Did I miss something? why would they want to help Intel sell anything?are Intel and Microsoft in a partnership?[/quote]One hand washes the other. Rather than jamb Intel with the older boards, (915s are discontinued), they chose to stretch the truth quite a bit. That gave Intel the opportunity to develop chipsets for Vista without eating the old inventory. M$ needs Intel to adopt Vista standards so M$ can sell the OS, and Intel knows that Vista will obsolete all older boards. It's a win, win for everybody but the consumers and their wallets.
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