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Vista Barely Capable

The lawsuit over "Vista Capable" labels is heating up as more and more internal e-mails pop up, showing a pitched debate over what "capable" means and how Microsoft should proceed. The verdict could really come down to parsing words.

Here's the core issue: Microsoft agreed to provide the "Vista Capable" logo for computers that could only run Vista Basic. Critics argue that this was misleading, that consumers wouldn't understand this limitation. Even Microsoft insiders such as Jim Allchin felt this way.

But words have meaning and the labeling, one could argue, was technically correct. What do you think? Should Microsoft win or lose this case? Verdicts accepted at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on November 18, 2008 at 11:53 AM


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