One of the long-running lawsuits against Microsoft today hit a major new development.
Microsoft was under fire for its Vista Capable marketing program. Machines sold with Windows XP but featured a “Windows Vista Capable” sticker were supposed to signify to the consumer that such machines would be able to run Windows Vista – and Windows Vista it does run, but not all machines with the sticker could run the newer OS with all the visual features.
Specifically, those who bought modest Windows XP machines were displeased that their machines were not able to run Vista with the new Aero Glass interface. And so, the class action lawsuit was born. But today, a judge removed the class action status from the lawsuit.
The removal of the class action status is a major blow to the lawsuit, as now the plaintiffs who would like to continue to pursue their complaint against Microsoft must do it on an individual basis.
Microsoft spokesman David Bowermaster said in a statement: "We're pleased that the court granted our motion to decertify the class, leaving only the claims of six individuals. We look forward to presenting our case to the jury, should the plaintiffs elect to pursue their individual claims."
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It's not Microsoft's fault that a kid in the store made you purchase a computer and didn't understand the whole Windows Vista meaning!
I rest my case. Just because you don't have the graphical nuances doesn't mean it isn't the same core operating system.
Hi buy this $500 computer it runs vista. OK!
man i cant activate the dx10 fetures with my dx8 card wtf!
Suing microsoft cuz my computer isnt able to run vista!
Here's my imperfect "vista capable" analogy: its like calling a car roadway capable, then when consumers discover its max speed is 30mph and can't be driven on highways telling them "sorry, we only said it was capable of going on the roads, not that it was compatible with all roadways - if you upgrade your engine, you should be able to get that full driving experience".
Sorry, I am saddened at the loss of the class action status. After all, what is one individual going to do in court that Microsofts vast legal resources won't squash? Even if the individual does win, what kind of loss is that to Microsoft for its willful obfuscation of what OS could run on Vista Capable branded systems?
the fact remains that the computers are vista compatable and are running vista. bottom line. you expect to play games at max settings cuz you have the minimum requierments? Vista does have a minimum requierment notation it also says at least on my box to run advance fetures you need more hardware. Long before vista was released they were up front about that.
the car analagy is insane i dont know how you can say thats close.