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Time To Step Up, Steve

Nov 18, 2008, 13:35 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Nerney)

"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."

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