updated 03:20 pm EDT, Tue April 22, 2008
Court Rejects Vista Appeal
A US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a Microsoft appeal that would have barred the ongoing Vista Capable lawsuit from entering class action status. The court's decision lends support to arguments by the plaintiffs that a large group of users have been hurt by allegedly misleading system requirements for the Vista Capable logo, leading many to buy systems that are ultimately unable to run the Windows variant smoothly.
The ruling also clears the way for a continued discovery process in the lawsuit that will permit further investigation of documents and electronic files relating to the suit. In February, published e-mail dialogues between Microsoft employees revealed that Microsoft had knowingly lowered requirements to qualify for the logo to allow Intel more sales of components for Vista-capable systems.
Microsoft has defended itself from such claims by arguing that e-mail uncovered as part of the lawsuit's investigation reveals active dialogue with partners rather than official statements of policy. However, some company employees stated in the messages that they personally had been affected by the company's official stance, leading them to buy systems branded Vista Capable that ultimately couldn't run certain features or would run them below acceptable performance levels.