At a hearing in federal court in Seattle today, lawyers debated whether the lawsuit over Microsoft's "Windows Vista Capable" stickers should be granted class-action status. As in past legal cases against the company, internal e-mails from Microsoft executives and employees were once again used as evidence to bolster the plaintiffs' case.
Quick background, for those just tuning in: The suit, filed last year, alleges that some people bought "Vista Capable" machines thinking they would be able to run all the Windows Vista features that Microsoft was promoting -- such as Aero Glass, Flip3D, and the Media Center interface -- even when their machines were only capable of running the bare-bones Windows Vista Home Basic. Microsoft says that there was plenty of information available to people to distinguish among the different Vista editions.
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