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November 26, 2007

Lawsuit News: Microsoft and Apple

The case against Microsoft over its Vista Capable promotion is now before a judge on whether to certify the case as a class action.  Plaintiffs essentially allege that computers sold with a Vista Capable sticker couldn't run anything more than Vista Basic.  That version does not feature the Aero desktop as well as other functionality.  Plaintiffs say that Vista Basic isn't really Vista at all.  Microsoft disagrees, suggesting that Vista Capable is just a sticker in a larger advertising campaign for the OS roll-out. 

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has the latest details as well as links to documents in the case.

Apple has settled with Burst over Burst patents used in the iPod, iTunes, and QuickTime.  Apple paid $10 million to settle the case and license the technology.  Microsoft recently settled for around $60 million.  The story is here and here.

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