The latest lawsuit against Vista, so it seems, is now attacking the marketing methods that Microsoft used to sell PCs. The prosecutors claim that Microsoft mislead customers by allowing PC manufacturers to place stickers on the machine that said "Vista capable", when in fact many of the PCs sold were only capable of running the scaled-down edition of Vista, Home Basic. It seeks 5 million dollars, and is filed as a class-action lawsuit.
Well excuse me people, but is there something wrong here? I most certainly think so. There are 5 editions of Vista: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Ultimate and Enterprise. I am so sorry that the cheap PC you just bought seems to run "Ultimate" rather sluggishly. :rolleyes: Aside from the fact that the people who bought these lousy PCs in the first place are probably computer-illiterate, does Microsoft have any obligation to make all "Vista capable" computers run a certain edition of Vista? As far as I am concerned, the editions I listed previously are all types of Vista, and saying it's "Vista capable" is saying exactly that: it supports at least one of the editions.
Does your new PC run at least one edition of Vista? As far as I know, the sticker means it does. But it does NOT say which edition it supports! Maybe it's a clever marketing tactic by Microsoft not to say the edition, but that still doesn't matter. Vista is Vista.
People are also complaining that the advertising schemes were deceptive, that they somehow believed that their new PC could support the edition of Vista that was demonstrated in the ad. Well sorry, misinformation is one thing, ignorance is quite another. I'm sure Microsoft stated in the ads on TV what edition of Vista you needed to get those features, and if you were sleeping through the fine print, that's your own fault. If you want to upgrade your PC to some new operating system, go ahead and download one of the many-available distributions of Linux out there. If that scares you, suck it up and buy the basic version of Vista. Tough luck for you.