Ballmer ordered to testify in ‘Vista Capable’ class-action lawsuit

“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,” Joseph Tartakoff reports for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

“Plaintiffs allege that Microsoft misled consumers by allowing PCs makers to designate PCs running Windows XP as “Vista Capable” even when they could only run a basic version of Vista,” Tartakoff reports.

“Microsoft had opposed plaintiffs’ motion asking that Ballmer testify, saying that other Microsoft executives had made the key decisions in the ‘Vista Capable’ program,” Tartakoff reports. “But in her ruling (read it here, PDF), Judge Marsha Pechman said Friday that plaintiffs had shown that Ballmer may have had unique knowledge.”

Tartakoff reports, “Ballmer must testify in the next 30 days for a maximum of three hours.”

Full article here.


  1. Must be a west coast thing. It’s only 8:30 here, we are all still a bit hung over I guess.

    Witch’s tit, good one. I saw one once when my grade 5 teacher had an untimely slip. Scared the living s#@t out of me.

  2. Ballmer’s testimony:
    Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers,
    Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers,
    Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers

    That’s why the judge set a time limit of 3 hours.

  3. Unfortunately for my wife and I, our machines probably will NOT run Snow Leopard. We have a PowerMac G5 (64 bit, non iNtel) and the first gen MacBooks (dual core, 32 bit only). All great computers.

    Disappointing for us but we know that technology marches on and the line must be drawn somewhere. Since the machines do not stop working whenever Snow Leopard is released, we’ll be good.


  4. As with Lurker_PCV, my Imac G5 won’t run Snow Leopard and at least Apple didn’t try to convince me that it would. Let’s get Ballmer’s fat butt in front of a judge and jury at some point and see if he’ll lie thru his teeth or use some fancy semantics to convince people that MS wasn’t being deceptive.

  5. Anybody have tickets? I’m willing to pay top dollar to see the master lay the smackdown on the crybabies who whine about Vista. And that also goes for you smug MAC sissies who think you’re so superior with your cobbled together 30-year old toy operating system.

    These little girls just don’t get it. The awesome thing about Vista is you have choice. You can put up to 7 flavors of the latest version of magnificent Windows on countless variations of hardware at multiple price points. You MAC lemmings have no idea. Give it to ’em Steve. Never surrender!

    I’m a PC.

    Your potential. Our passion.™

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