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+ - Microsoft sued over Windows Vista marketing

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daviddennis
daviddennis writes "According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, a lawsuit alleges that Microsoft engaged in deceptive practices by letting PC makers promote hardware as "Windows Vista Capable" even though they knew it could not run most of Vista's widely-promoted features. Microsoft responds by saying that the differences have been promoted with one of the most extensive marketing pushes in company history. When I viewed PC maker web sites at the time (in December before Vista's introduction), it appeared to me that the marketing material was deliberately misleading, if not out and out deceptive, in trying to blur the lines between "Premium Ready" and "Capable", steering customers to hardware they could afford, not hardware that could run Vista Premium. In short, it's not often that I cheer on lawyers, but I'm doing it this time."

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