Microsoft emails show 'Vista Capable' changes helped Intel [pcworld.co.nz]
In a motion unsealed Friday in the ongoing "Windows Vista Capable" class-action lawsuit, the plaintiffs used an exchange of messages between Microsoft and Intel to back their claim that the former deceived customers who later bought machines equipped with the latter's older chip sets.
The Intel 915 chip sets -- on-the-motherboard integrated graphics that provided less-powerful graphics support than a separate graphics card -- were unable to run Aero, Vista's flashy new graphics interface. According to the emails, PCs using the Intel 915 chip sets initially did not qualify as Vista Capable because they could not meet the requirements of the Windows Device Driver Model (WDDM), the revamped driver architecture that debuted in Vista.
When Intel found out that Microsoft wanted to jump-start the Vista Capable campaign on April 1, 2006, three months earlier than expected, it complained to Microsoft, saying that it wouldn't have enough higher-end chip sets available to sell to computer makers.