Vista Capable Suit Loses Class Action Status

One of the long-running lawsuits against Microsoft today hit a major new development.

Microsoft was under fire for its Vista Capable marketing program. Machines sold with Windows XP but featured a “Windows Vista Capable” sticker were supposed to signify to the consumer that such machines would be able to run Windows Vista – and Windows Vista it does run, but not all machines with the sticker could run the newer OS with all the visual features.

Specifically, those who bought modest Windows XP machines were displeased that their machines were not able to run Vista with the new Aero Glass interface. And so, the class action lawsuit was born. But today, a judge removed the class action status from the lawsuit.

The removal of the class action status is a major blow to the lawsuit, as now the plaintiffs who would like to continue to pursue their complaint against Microsoft must do it on an individual basis.

Microsoft spokesman David Bowermaster said in a statement: "We're pleased that the court granted our motion to decertify the class, leaving only the claims of six individuals. We look forward to presenting our case to the jury, should the plaintiffs elect to pursue their individual claims."

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  • mactronix
    Im sorry i can agree at all with what you are saying.Yes i 100% agree that the OS and the display output are not the same thing. However can you remember any advertising that didnt thrust the new Vista Aero display at you ? or indeed anything in the general media,not trade or forums but on TV or in Magazines etc that stated straight out that the Aero display wasnt a default part of the new OS ? No i cant every picture from Dell to HP through all the media i ever looked ar showed the Aero display when touting Vista. Would you be happy with a PSU that was SLI capable but only supported certain configurations ? Is it worth a law suite ? Probably not but to say they did nothing wrong is way far of the mark. they should be investigated for false advertising at the very least.