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MS e-mails show deep Intel push for Vista label

updated 04:00 pm EST, Fri November 14, 2008

More Vista Capable E-mail

Additional e-mail messages have been published through court filings in the investigation of the Vista Capable logo lawsuit that suggest Intel was applying the highest levels of pressure to lower the system requirements ahead of Vista's launch. Intel chief Paul Otellini reportedly contacted Microsoft head Steve Ballmer ahead of the release to petition the inclusion of Intel's GMA 915 chipset in the logo program, increasing pressure on Microsoft to allow the chipset even though it knew the hardware's video performance would be inadequate for Windows Vista's full Aero Glass interface

The decision is said to have come with significant resistance even from the highest ranks of Microsoft. The company's then head of the Platforms and Services group Jim Allchin is said to have echoed the sentiments of engineers and is described as "apoplectic" in one message and directly stated that Microsoft was likely to end up "misleading" customers by falsely leading them to believe they would get the full Windows Vista experience with systems obtaining the logo, which were primarily sold in late 2006.

PC makers were also largely disappointed. Dell and HP warned respectively that a system with GMA 915 lacked proper software support and that the earlier requirements pushed system builders into outfitting PCs with graphics cards they didn't need.

The new messages directly condemn Microsoft for agreeing to the deceptive requirements at the heart of the lawsuit but also points to Intel management knowingly imposing the demand on Microsoft to sell more Intel-based computers regardless of the slow performance and frustration they were likely to instill in customers. [via CNET]



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  1. Guest

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    Duh

    And people didn't suspect this kind of thing all along. Everyone can tell that MS knew all this c*** before the released Vista. But they wanted to shove Vista down peoples throat. I think MS should be fined BILLIONS for this not just a slap on the wrist as they so typically get from our own government.

  1. JackWebb

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    Re: Duh

    Who needs government to do that. People just need to make their own choices. I make mine. Long live the free market wherever it is allowed to be.

  1. rytc

    Senior User

    Joined: Jan 2001

    +2

    mislead

    Yes but the whole point is the average user was mislead into buying something that wasn't what it claimed to be - without regulations this is what happens. People can't make correct decisions if Microsoft actively attempts to mislead them.

  1. Guest

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    Joined: Nov 1999

    -1

    Shows how BACKWARDS it is

    Trying to build a computer around an operating system design is BACKWARDS. An OS is a set of instructions!

    First design the computer, THEN write instructions for that computer to operate.

    Geez!

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: Duh

    Wow, everyone just can't wait to pile on.

    Everyone can tell that MS knew all this c*** before the released Vista. But they wanted to shove Vista down peoples throat.

    Um, actually MS knew it and didn't want to label the computers. It was intel who pushed MS into lowering their standards for the label.

    But, hey, we can't yell at Intel, because they work with Apple now. So we can only blame MS for this.

    And what is this all about, anyway? The ability to use Aero? h***, all you people blast the windows UI anyway, so wouldn't it be a plus to not have to use Aero? But the OS works on the computer, just not the whiz-bang graphics.

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