Former Microsoft co-president Jim Allchin claimed the company “really botched” the Vista Capable sticker scheme, according to a leaked email read out in court.
Microsoft is currently defending a lawsuit in the US, which claims the company knowingly misled consumers by allowing PC makers to put “Vista Capable” stickers on machines that could only run Vista Home Basic.
The plaintiffs claim that Vista Basic “isn’t the real Vista” because it doesn’t offer many of the operating system’s advanced features, such as Aero Glass or Media Center. An earlier filing to the court cited PC Pro contributing editor Jon Honeyball’s interview with Acer Corporate Vice President, Jim Wong, in which he claimed “Premium is the real Vista”.
Now the court has heard that several Microsoft employees also shared Wong’s doubts. One employee’s email stated that “even a piece of junk will qualify” for the “Windows Vista Capable” sticker, according to court testimony reported in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
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