When Microsoft lowered system requirements for the official "Vista Capable" imprimatur, HP got mad:
"I hope this incident isn't a foretaste of the relationship I will have with Microsoft going forward, but I can tell you that it's left a very bad taste with me and my team," Richard Walker, senior vice president at HP's consumer PC unit, said in a Feb. 1, 2006, message to senior Microsoft executives.
HP spent $7m meeting the original, realistic Vista-capable requirements before Microsoft dropped them to please Intel.
Maybe it sensed that lying about a massively-hyped software product would precipitate a public relations problem that would affect everyone in the business of selling Windows-based computers. Just maybe.
The elegance of it all is wonderful: when the prevailing chip- and software-makers are in alignment, system builders get screwed, and all they can do is complain about the "very bad taste" in their mouth.
'Vista Capable' changes outraged HP, insider e-mails show [Computerworld]