“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.