Monday, February 11th 2008

Anti-Trust Lawsuit Claims Microsoft Knowingly Deceived Vista Customers

The whole "Vista Capable" sticker scandal was a mess, pure and simple. However, new evidence has prompted a new anti-trust lawsuit against Microsoft. It would seem as though it's entirely plausible that Microsoft was indeed trying to pull a fast one past Vista customers. Everyone who was shopping for a PC, or used a relatively-new PC a couple months before the Vista release probably saw that it came with a "Vista Capable" sticker. The new evidence shows that Microsoft may have planted Vista Capable stickers on computers not ready to run Vista at all, be it the premium version or the normal version. Men from inside Microsoft did everything from reprimand members of marketing to scoff at retailers who sent letters of concern to Microsoft. We'll keep you posted on what exactly comes out of this lawsuit. If you bought a "Vista Capable" computer with a "Vista Capable" sticker on it, you may just qualify for a settlement if this case comes through for the prosecution.

In short, it has been a very bad week for Microsoft.Source: DailyTech
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29 Comments on Anti-Trust Lawsuit Claims Microsoft Knowingly Deceived Vista Customers

#1
EastCoasthandle
Gee, did this ever happen when XP was released? This is a lot of drama!
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#2
panchoman
Sold my stars!
take that Microsuck & Vista! :nutkick:
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#3
thebeephaha
by: panchoman
take that Microsuck & Vista! :nutkick:
Hehehe.
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#6
Ravenas
An even closer look reveals the root:

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#7
qwerty_lesh
lmfao :D
ravenas, your reseller pwned you! :P
heheheheheheh
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#9
Wile E
Power User
by: EastCoasthandle
Gee, did this ever happen when XP was released? This is a lot of drama!
Probably wouldn't have been as big of an issue if they didn't have so many damn SKUs for Vista. It fargin ridiculous.
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#11
phanbuey
wait wait... someone is gonna come in and complain about people complaining.
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#12
Ravenas
by: phanbuey
wait wait... someone is gonna come in and complain about people complaining.
Isn't it ironic?
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#13
beyond_amusia
Those damn stickers could have been slapped on an old PC with a 800MHz CPU and 512 RAM with the specs MS lists for Vista. If you tried to run Vista on that, it'd be unbearably slow (and we thought it was already slow even on a quad-core...) Shame on you Microsoft for making an OS that's more demanding on system resources than some of my favorite games are, and shame on Microsoft again for misleading people that don't know anything about computers (nearly the entire population). User-friendly shouldn't mean screw-the-user-for-what-it's-worth.
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#14
beyond_amusia
by: Ravenas

I own one of those, only it has dual 3.5 floppy drives... lol.
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Ravenas
by: beyond_amusia
I own one of those, only it has dual 3.5 floppy drives... lol.
Lol nice! Would you say it is Vista ready? :laugh:
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#18
OnBoard
by: Ravenas

We had one of these "laptops", It was heavy! :D But nice green screen and even dual floppydrive :twitch: (those 5.25" bendy ones).

It has a handle in the back for carrying and that keyboard should go on top of the screen and then latched on for a bottom, but this model seems a bit different. Seems like it has detachable bottom, or I just remember wrong and ours had one too, it was maaany years ago :)
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#19
WhiteLotus
The stickers only said "vista capable" - not "runs vista really smoothly".
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#20
tiys
haha..you guys all complain, and flame microsoft, but from many of your system specs, your all using microsoft software!!!

imo, it's not right to do what ms did, but we dont have to attack them for it.
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#21
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Anything that meets into the MSR of Vista becomes "capable" of running it....but well just running it, so you could stare at a pretty wallpaper and file your nails or play chess with dad while it peacefully loads IE.
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#22
tigger
I'm the only one
If we all think m$ is that shady,maybe we should be using linux.

In buisness i think alls fair in love and war........if you can get away with it.If not you get your ass sued.
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#23
Ravenas
by: WhiteLotus
The stickers only said "vista capable" - not "runs vista really smoothly".
I think you're thinking of this:



However, I think this is the one they are getting in trouble for:



Or maybe both...

Both of those stickers aren't as bad as nvidia's stickers that they put on power supplies:

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#24
tigger
I'm the only one
Lol,my psu has one of those nvidia stickers on it,but would it run 2x8800gtx on sli......i doubt it.
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#25
suraswami
by: qwerty_lesh
vista is pants
You pull it down to see the world?:laugh:
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