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Computerized Investing > March/April 2008

Editor's Outlook: Microsoft's Dirty Vista Secret

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by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

What was undoubtedly a major headache for Microsoft made for some interesting reading for the rest of us. As part of a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft, E-mails between company executives surfaced at the end of January regarding problems with bringing the Vista operating system to market.

The E-mails provide a revealing look into Microsoft’s relationships with other corporate heavyweights, including Intel, HP, Dell, and even Wal-Mart. They also serve to intensify the glare on Vista’s less-than-smooth rollout.

The lawsuit is related to Microsoft’s “Windows Vista Capable” logo program, launched in 2006, ahead of Vista’s release in January 2007. It alleges that Microsoft’s Vista-capable marketing plan misled consumers.

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