Recent filings (opens in new tab) for a lawsuit brought by a Vista user against Microsoft showed the extent to which marketing lingo can hazy.
According to PC World, lawyers prosecuting Microsoft called upon the company to provide more information about the Windows Vista Capable/Ready confusion.
In addition, Microsoft has also included a Windows Vista Premium Ready stickers further adding to the confusion.
Mark Croft, the company's director of marketing, argued that "Capable is a statement that has an interpretation for many that, in the context of this program, a PC would be able to run any version of the Windows Vista operating system, 'Ready' may have [prompted] concerns that the PC would run in some improved or better way than -- than 'Capable,' therefore the word capable was deemed to be a more fitting word for this program."
But then, according to documents seen by PC World, Mr Croft came back on his statement and modified it.
Microsoft has forcefully defended itself from the accusation that "Vista Capable" branding was applied to "soon-to-be-obsolete PCs that Microsoft knew lacked the horsepower to run the 'real' Vista."
Vista Capable Computers (opens in new tab) are only able to run the bare bone version of Vista which lacks Aero appearance, the Media Centre PC appearance, Flip-3D Windows switching and other features.