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HP and Microsoft execs cast blame in Vista Capable ‘mess’

New e-mails unsealed in a lawsuit Friday show that a Hewlett Packard executive was outraged at a Microsoft decision to loosen the requirements necessary for a PC to be labeled ‘Vista Capable.’ The HP executive’s concerns then triggered an angry internal exchange of e-mails between senior Microsoft executives, including CEO Steve Ballmer.

The decision pleased Santa Clara-based Intel because it would be able to sell more of an older-generation of its chipsets, but upset HP because HP had invested in upgrading its computers to match the original requirements.

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