Lawyers for consumers who bought Windows XP PCs before Windows Vista’s release tried to persuade a federal judge to reinstate class-action status in their lawsuit over Microsoft’s “Windows Vista Capable” marketing program. After hearing arguments from Microsoft and the plaintiffs, U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman indicated from the bench that a ruling could come early next week. The issue promises to be a turning point for the case — determining whether it includes a handful of people or potentially thousands.
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