Microsoft earned $1.5bn from "Vista Capable" scheme

Posted by spy on January 6 2009, 4:23 PM. Posted in Windows Vista.

Microsoft earned $1.5bn from sales of PCs that were labelled "Vista Capable", even though they struggled to run premium versions of the operating system, a court has heard.The software giant is currently being sued in the US by plaintiffs who claim the company "unjustly enriched" itself by using the stickers to sell PCs that weren't suitable for Vista Home Premium or Ultimate editions.An expert witness in the case claims Microsoft reaped a handsome reward from the sales of such PCs."I have... reached the opinion that Microsoft revenue from the Windows XP licensing on Vista Capable but not Vista Premium Ready PCs sold to Plaintiffs was $1.505 billion," University of Washington economist Keith Leffler told the court, according to Seattle Post Intelligencer.How much of that $1.5bn Microsoft would have earned without the stickers on the PCs is open to debate, as many customers arguably wouldn't have cared if the computer could run Vista or not.

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