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Intel details objections to antitrust probe

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| Intel is seeking to extend the deadline it has to respond to a month after it 
| gets its hands on documents from AMD - the complainant in the case. Back in 
| July Intel was handed a Statement of Objections by the Commission accusing it 
| off giving rebates to retailers who promised not to stock computers from 
| rival chip supplier AMD, and offering money to an Original Equipment 
| Manufacturer to delay launching an AMD-based laptop and rebates if it 
| switched to become an Intel-only shop.      



Vista Capable? Maybe. Microsoft? Not So Much

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| So far, Ballmer has employed the Sergeant Schultz "I know nothink" defence.
| Attorneys for the litigants want to find out what Ballmer didn't know and
| when he didn't know it. Of particular interest is what Ballmer and Intel
| honcho Paul Otellini discussed in a phone call back in January 2006, when
| Intel was chomping at the bit to get Microsoft to change its labeling
| requirements.
| [...]
| Like OJ, Microsoft might yet win the case -- despite what the evidence
| suggests. When you can afford to hire Wolfram & Hart as your attorneys, you
| can fend off anything but the apocalypse. But in the minds of anyone who's
| read those emails, they've already lost. And ultimately that's the bigger
| battle.


Ballmer ordered to testify in 'Vista' case

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| A federal judge ordered Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to testify in a
| class-action lawsuit revolving around Microsoft's marketing prior to the
| launch of its Windows Vista operating system.


Microsoft moves to quash 'Vista Capable' case, end flood of embarrassing

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| Microsoft Corp. asked a federal judge yesterday to end the class-action
| lawsuit that has been the source of a treasure trove of embarrassing insider
| e-mails that have showed the company bent to pressure from Intel Corp. and
| infuriated longtime partner Hewlett-Packard Co.


Another big batch of Microsoft e-mails

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| More internal Microsoft e-mails were unsealed today in the Windows Vista
| Capable lawsuit, detailing the wrangling that took place inside the company
| and across the industry before and after the operating system's January 2007
| launch. The plaintiffs are using the messages to support their contention
| that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was involved enough in decisions to warrant
| a deposition.


Microsoft seeks to end Vista lawsuit

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| Documents turned over in the case show Microsoft executives opposing a
| decision to lower the standards for the Vista Capable designation, with
| former Windows chief Jim Allchin saying in one e-mail that he believed the
| Vista Capable program would mislead consumers.


Court filing: HP's Hurd complained to Ballmer about rocky Vista upgrades

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| In an e-mail message after Windows Vista's release, Hewlett-Packard Chief
| Executive Mark Hurd complained to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about the
| computer maker's "call lines being overrun" with customers' Windows Vista
| upgrade problems, according to a court filing made public late Wednesday in
| the Windows Vista Capable lawsuit.


Time To Step Up, Steve

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| What did Ballmer know and when did he know it?
| That's arguably the biggest question in the Microsoft "Vista Capable"
| class-action lawsuit being heard by a federal judge in a Seattle court.
| Documents unsealed last Thursday imply that the Microsoft CEO was in on the
| decision two years ago to lower technical requirements for its Vista
| operating system as a favor to chipmaker Intel, which pressured the software
| giant to slap "Vista Capable" stickers on PCs with Intel 915 chipsets,
| hardware that  lacked the firepower to run the full Vista feature set.
| Intel allegedly stood to lose "billions" of dollars if Microsoft stuck to its
| original specs because the chipmaker would have been stuck with a whole bunch
| of the Vista-inadequate 915s. And while Microsoft's concern for Intel's
| quarterly earnings results was touching in that corporate bottom-line kind of
| way, the impact on consumers was less than heart-warming.


More inside dirt coming in Vista suit?

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| Microsoft is opposing the Ballmer deposition and that proposed method of
| distribution. But based on the principles applied previously in the case, it
| appears likely that many of the documents will be unsealed.


Call between CEOs questioned in Vista case

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| Plaintiffs' lawyers in the 'Vista Capable' case want to know what Steve
| Ballmer said to Intel CEO Paul Otellini during a phone conversation the two
| men had on the same day that Microsoft decided to loosen the requirements
| needed for a PC to get a 'Vista Capable' sticker.


Microsoft tries to avoid Ballmer deposition in Vista suit

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| Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Steve Ballmer is the subject of a new legal
| squabble in a lawsuit over the company's Windows Vista marketing practices.


Vista Capable plaintiffs subpoena PC titans

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| Other notable names on the list include Intel and former Windows chief Jim
| Allchin.


Microsoft tries to stop more ‘Vista-capable’ e-mails from going public

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| Microsoft is trying to put the kibosh on more of its internal (and
| embarassing) e-mail messages around its Vista marketing plans going public.
| [...]
| With every version of Windows, Microsoft has worked with hardware partners to
| find new ways to try to convince users they need more and more powerful
| machines to take advantage of more feature-rich software. If Microsoft and
| its partners were/are successful, it means more money in the PC makers’ and
| Microsoft’s coffers. With Vista, this pact really back-fired, as the already
| published e-mails around Vista-capable — and more, as-yet-unpublicized
| messages — will make evident.      


Microsoft challenges 'Vista Capable' class action

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| If granted, the motion would also postpone any new disclosures of potentially
| embarrassing company e-mails.


They Criticized Vista. And They Should Know.

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| Act 1: In 2005, Microsoft plans to say that only PCs that are properly
| equipped to handle the heavy graphics demands of Vista are “Vista Ready.”
| Act 2: In early 2006, Microsoft decides to drop the graphics-related hardware
| requirement in order to avoid hurting Windows XP sales on low-end machines
| while Vista is readied. (A customer could reasonably conclude that Microsoft
| is saying, Buy Now, Upgrade Later.) A semantic adjustment is made: Instead of
| saying that a PC is “Vista Ready,” which might convey the idea that, well, it
| is ready to run Vista, a PC will be described as “Vista Capable,” which
| supposedly signals that no promises are made about which version of Vista
| will actually work.      
| The decision to drop the original hardware requirements is accompanied by
| considerable internal protest. The minimum hardware configuration was set so
| low that “even a piece of junk will qualify,” Anantha Kancherla, a Microsoft
| program manager, said in an internal e-mail message among those recently
| unsealed, adding, “It will be a complete tragedy if we allowed it.”    
| Act 3: In 2007, Vista is released in multiple versions, including “Home
| Basic,” which lacks Vista’s distinctive graphics. This placed Microsoft’s
| partners in an embarrassing position. Dell, which gave Microsoft a postmortem
| report that was also included among court documents, dryly
| remarked: “Customers did not understand what ‘Capable’ meant and expected
| more than could/would be delivered.”    


Microsoft knew of Vista shortcoming prior to release


Microsoft dropped Vista hardware spec to raise Intel profits


Microsoft 'Caves' To Intel


Has Vista lost all credibility?


E-mail: Microsoft 'botched' dealings with Intel, HP

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| Internal Microsoft e-mails revealed through a federal class-action lawsuit
| arising from the troubled launch last year of the Windows Vista operating
| system have provided a provocative inside look at the software giant's
| machinations with Intel, HP and Dell.  
| The e-mails include an exchange in which one senior Microsoft executive
| described dealings with computer makers as "really botched." Another manager
| complained Microsoft was "caving to Intel" and "really burning HP."  
| The e-mails are included in 145 pages of documents unsealed by U.S. District
| Judge Marsha Pechman in Seattle late Wednesday. They include internal
| reports and some handwritten notes that offer a rare look inside at the
| famed "Wintel" partnership, and touch upon the alliance's dealings with
| Hewlett-Packard, Dell and other computer makers.    

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