Microsoft has come under attack for the way it advertises the Vista operating system.
A lawsuit, filed in Seattle, alleges that the company advertised systems as “Vista capable,” when in fact the systems were not able to run Vista properly. The suit alleges that the marketing around Vista was designed to deliberately mislead potential customers.
The outcome hangs on the precise definition of the circumstances under which a machine is “Vista capable.”
Microsoft has allowed PC vendors to put stickers on their systems saying that they are “Vista ready,” when the system could run only Vista Home Basic, which does not allow many of the core features of Vista to run. The suit maintains that it was unreasonable of Microsoft to assume that every person to whom it was marketing Vista could understand the system requirements.