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Intel ‘915 chipset’ was dissed by Microsoft; before making ‘Vista Capable’ changes

Months before it bowed to pressure from Intel and relaxed the requirements for its “Vista Capable” marketing program, Microsoft published an article on its TechNet Web site recommending that users avoid Intel’s 915 graphics chipset if they planned on upgrading to Windows Vista, internal e-mails at Microsoft show.

The article, posted in late July 2005, raised hackles at Intel, and led to exchanges between Microsoft executives during which one accused Intel of deliberately misleading users about the 915 chipset and its ability to handle Vista advanced graphics.

Composed by an outside writer, the TechNet article — which was quickly yanked from the site — sparked a story on the “X-bit Labs” site headlined “Microsoft Advices [sic] to Avoid Integrated Graphics Cores for Windows Vista” that included several quotations from the original.

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