Windows Vista Capable

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  1. Judge greenlights lawsuit against Microsoft
    By Kelly Fiveash → More by this author
    25 Feb 2008 11:04
    Sticky issue of deceptive 'Vista Capable' labels


    A US judge has given the go-ahead for consumers to file a class action
    lawsuit against Microsoft for providing misleading information about
    Windows XP computers being able to run Vista.

    Redmond’s “Windows Vista Capable†labels first appeared on computers in
    April 2006, even though the firm’s latest operating system didn’t get a
    general release until January last year.

    According to Associated Press the class action lawsuit, which was
    certified by US district judge Marsha Pechman last Friday, will
    specifically look at whether Microsoft’s labels generated artificial
    demand for computers in the 2006 run-up to Christmas.

    It will also examine if prices had been overstated for computers that
    couldn’t be upgraded to the full-featured Premium version of Vista,
    which includes the Aero user interface.

    The two people who originally filed the lawsuit didn’t take advantage of
    a program devised by Microsoft to advise customers on compatibility
    pre-launch. Despite that, both claimed that anyone who bought “Vista
    Capable†machines before January 2007, had been deceived because the
    majority of users could only run the stripped-down Basic version of
    Vista, which lacks the media centre, and Aero interface with flip 3D and
    thumbnails.

    In May 2006 Microsoft issued an advisor tool that told Windows users
    whether their existing computer was able to be upgraded to Vista.

    Redmond said at the time that customers could run a more basic GUI of
    the OS if they had an 800MHz CPU, 512MB of memory and any DirectX
    9-capable graphics card. Together those specifications were enough for
    Microsoft to define a PC as being “Vista Capableâ€.

    The software giant later described its efforts to prepare customers for
    its Vista onslaught as “a very broad and unprecedented effort†to help
    PC vendors, retailers and customers “understand the hardware
    requirements to run the various flavours of the Windows Vista operating
    systemâ€.

    Microsoft said it is reviewing the ruling, according to the AP. ®
     
    Hans Weismuller, Mar 1, 2008
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