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A Windows Vista Capable logo in the wild
Lawsuit may have forced Microsoft to change what it means to be Vista Capable

Two weeks ago, Dianne Kelley started a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft alleging the software company is engaging in deceptive practices by branding new computers with a Windows Vista Capable logo even if they couldn't run the all the new operating system’s features.

Although Microsoft strongly refutes Kelley’s claims, the threat of a lawsuit may have triggered the company to change its language on what “Vista Capable” means. As clipped by a blog at the Seattle Times, Microsoft originally described its Windows Vista Capable program as the following (all bold emphasis added by Seattle Times author):

“Through the Windows Vista Capable program, Windows XP-based PCs that are powerful enough to run Windows Vista are now available from leading PC manufacturers worldwide, including Acer Inc., Dell Inc., Fujitsu Limited, Gateway Inc., HP, Lenovo, NEC Corp., Sony Corp., Toshiba and more. The Windows Vista Capable logo is designed to assure customers that the PCs they buy today will be ready for an upgrade to Windows Vista and can run the core experiences of Windows Vista.

Shortly following the news of the lawsuit, the explanation of the Windows Vista Capable program appeared to have changed to this:

“A new PC running Windows XP that carries the Windows Vista Capable PC logo can run Windows Vista. All editions of Windows Vista will deliver core experiences such as innovations in organizing and finding information, security, and reliability. All Windows Vista Capable PCs will run these core experiences at a minimum. Some features available in the premium editions of Windows Vista — like the new Windows Aero user experience — may require advanced or additional hardware.”

While both the original and updated descriptions mention that Vista Capable means being able to run the “core experience,” the updated passage clearly states those experiences will run at a minimum.

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RE: The land of lawsuits
By bldckstark on 4/9/2007 12:49:16 PM , Rating: 2
It just means you bought a computer with a crappy graphics card.

My buddy went to Worst Buy* wanting to get a computer that would run the latest and greatest flight simulators. I had told him I would love to build that system for him, but he went to Worst Buy* anyway. He told them what he wanted and they sold him an HP Media Center PC, with an upgraded video card. A GeForce 6200 with 512MB of memory. NVidia also works in some gray areas, just like Microsoft. That is like driving a 75hp car with a high dollar Recarro racing seat in it. Totally useless.

*I hate going in Worst Buy - It feels like I am a cop working undercover in a meth lab while I am in there.

RE: The land of lawsuits
By vanka on 4/9/2007 2:01:32 PM , Rating: 2
I'm guessing the card was a 6200 TC (Turbo Cache). It probably has 128 MB frame buffer on board and gets the rest from system memory. So basically it's like a 75 HP car with an imitation Recarro seat made by slave labor in China; sold at a premium of course.

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