Class Action against Microsoft

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A lawsuit against Microsoft for classifying hardware as Vista Capable, when it is in fact only capable of running the simplistic Windows Vista Home Basic version, has been granted by a judge as a class-action lawsuit (man, we really need one of those against Telkom for their pathetic service). Microsoft will probably attempt to blame their resellers for this, biting the hands that help feed it, but in my opinion, it should be Microsoft’s responsibility to educate their partners on the exact system requirements of their upcoming products. A computer manufacturer cannot in any way predict the exact specifications of Microsoft’s upcoming systems, not even when testing pre-release versions, since they are often in debug mode which would make it run somewhat slower.

I also think that the industry is wising up to Microsoft quickly, consumers are also learning that Microsoft isn’t the angel software house that many people previously believed, and as a result, I think we will see many more class action lawsuits against them in the next few years.

Maybe Microsoft will finally learn to play nicely. Not because they want to, but because they have to.

8 Responses to “Class Action against Microsoft”

  1. ilian Says:

    That is a great new! Finally they will be sued for lying about vista capable hardware! I`ve seen a lot of peripherals that say: “Vista capable” and “Vista ready!” Capable is my ***!!! Vista needs atleast 4GB of RAM and quad core CPU. Not to mention the VGA.

  2. ikkefc3 Says:

    I think they could blame the pc sellers for putting such labels on their pc’s, because Vista runs normal on a pc of lets say € 220,- (nVidia IGP, 1GB ram, 160GB harddrive, AMD Sempron LE 1100 cpu), but I wonder why PC resellers put “Vista ready” stickers on some PC’s with VIA chipsets, because VIA doesn’t make good drivers and everyone that I know that has problems with Windows Vista has a Via Chipset. I think those people/resellers saved money on the wrong parts.
    It’s like buying a “diesel capable” car and wondering why you get a Fiat Panda 1.3 multijet and not a BMW 535D, because that drives much faster with the same diesel.

  3. nnonix Says:

    @ilian: Vista does not need anything close to 4GB of RAM and a Quad Core Processor. Anyone who’s run Vista can tell you that.

    I don’t know if I buy into this lawsuit. MS never hid the fact that “Vista Capable” machines would only run a subset of features ( It’s been on their website forever.

  4. ilian Says:

    I saw how exactly Vista runs on Core 2 Duo at 2.2 GHz with 2 GB of ram with ATI x1600. It`s a crap! Vista sux and machines are ready for it but now, not when it came out.

  5. ikkefc3 Says:

    @ ilian: So, in January 2007 we didn’t have computers wit specs like this: Sempron 3200+/1GB/160GB hd?
    I bought around 5 months earlier a PC with an Intel C2D E6400/1GB ram / 250GB harddisk / nVidia Geforce 7600GT. It runs nice on Ubuntu and Windows Vista, so that could not be possible?

  6. Ben Says:

    Regardless of specs.. Vista is unstable.
    Programs that should work don’t ive seen the error reporting system have an error.. & crash..
    The OS obviously wasn’t ready & its not getting any better I work in retail & the systems we had with vista were peices of crap & still are.. but If you put another operating system on them (if you can find drivers) they are 400% faster.. Obviously XP’s requirements are so much lower.. but Vista in my opinion is a complete flop.
    Ive had everything from random explorer crashes & complete usb driver failure for simple devices like thumb drives that work on one vista machine then not the next.

    It would make my day if they just recalled everything that had vista on it

  7. Richard Says:

    I am fed up with Microsoft lies.. Vista certainly does not run much of the hardware out there… !! The hardware suppliers were great in their support - microsoft? useless… Be warned! Its been a nightmare and very expensive. I’m seriously considering wiping everything off all my office equipment and going Linux.

  8. Abdus Sattar Ghazali Says:

    As a matter of fact, Microsoft should be sued for compelling to buy computers with Vista because after the release of Vista, computer manufacturers were not selling without Vista.

    I am using Vista since Jan. 2007, with 2 GB ram / dual core processor on Sony Vio laptop, but my system is very slow which is very frustrating. Most of my other programs are not working or crashing in Vista.

    It is very frustrating.

    I support a class action against Microsoft for forcing people to buy a defective product and wasting time and energy of computer users.

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