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.

25 Comments

  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:
    [url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weF8CaMmPMg”]
    Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers,
    Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers,
    Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers
    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
    WAAAAAAAA![/url]

    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.

    Peace.

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