According to court documents, Microsoft not only knew that it was lying when it issued “Vista Capable” certification to computers with puny Intel 915 chipsets that had no such capability, but was thanked for it directly by Intel CEO Paul Ottelini.
Imagine being someone who mattered at Microsoft having to listen to fellow executive Jim Allchin go on and on and on:
“We are going to be misleading customers with the Capable program. OEMs (computer makers) will say a machine is Capable and customers will believe that it will run all the core Vista features. The fact that aero won’t be there EVER for many of these machines is misleading to customers. …We need to meet on this. Please set this up ASAP. We need something simpler in my view. I know we don’t want to hurt the OEMS, but end-customers must be the top priority. We must avoid confusion. It is wrong for customers. And we probably will have to change your current plans……….”
Allchin retired the day Vista was released.