This time, Microsoft made a serious miscalculation. No doubt, the calculation was made difficult by the confusing array of Vista versions. The low-priced Vista Basic certainly needs less hardware oomph than Vista Ultimate, so a single logo for Vista doesn't cut it. Internal e-mails from the lawsuit show that the Vista Capable logo even confused Microsoft staff, according to the article. One e-mail said "Even a piece of junk will qualify." An e-mail from Mike Nash, a corporate VP, said, "I PERSONALLY got burnt. ... I now have a $2,100 e-mail machine." (How in the heck do you spend $2,100 and get a system that can't run Vista well?)
Microsoft made some mistakes here, but don't we need to look at the role of the others in this chain? Most users buy their computers from companies such as Acer, Dell, Gateway, Hewlett-Packard, or Lenovo, and through retail stores like Best Buy or Circuit City. These companies specify hardware configurations that are supposed to be a reasonable starting point for users looking for guidance. If the hardware maker sold their customer an underpowered computer, or they didn't explain that a low-end junker could only run Vista Home Basic, it seems like they bear at least some of the blame. Doesn't anyone care about customers anymore?