Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Conspiracy around Intel and Microsoft OS Vista

During the trial on Windows Vista Capable program, in late February 2008 the court issued a 158 pages of internal documents of Microsoft ( / microsoft / library / vistaexhibitsone.pdf). At the thirtieth page text of these documents is an e-mail written by employees of Microsoft Kalkman named John (John Kalkman). It contains information on the certification program Capable company Intel chipsets. "We had underestimated the requirements specifically to help improve Intel quarterly profit figures. Thus, they could continue to sell motherboards with the 915 chipset, - wrote Kalkman. But later, after some market research that gave negative results, he noted that "it was a mistake, artificially understate the true image requirements".

Not so bad news! Two mega-corporation, it turns out defrauded millions of its users, jointly providing false information on the compatibility of its hardware and software. Not surprisingly, opinions about Windows Vista were not very flattering: small that not every machine is equipped with Windows Vista Capable stickers allowed to work comfortably in the operating system, there was terrible brakes, and both have a number of premium-function versions of the OS was masthead simply unavailable. Official explanations about Kalkmana letters from the two companies at this point cloud, you can find below.

Chuck Mulloy, a representative of Intel, said John Kalkman, not being Intel employee, seemed to have no idea about the internal affairs of the company or the financial forecasts sales of chipsets, motherboards, or any other product. Therefore, the statement should be viewed as his personal speculation.

David Bowermaster, a representative of Microsoft, outlined that the 915 chipset support Windows Vista Capable program based on successful tests beta Windows Vista on computers equipped with such a chipset, and because of widespread prevalence data chipsets on the market. Such computers can be installed Windows Vista Home Basic. For computers that allow user to use the premium features more navorochennyh versions, Microsoft authorized use of the mark "Premium Ready".

Bouermaster deliberately diminish the significance of the contents of the letter Kalkmana, while also not referring to the topic of a possible agreement Intel and Microsoft on the 915 chipset and its certification for use with Windows Vista. Documents released by the plaintiff, a representative of Microsoft calls "not having anything to do with the charges themselves", and explains that this is just part of an active discussion of how best to deploy Windows Vista Capable program.

Of the 158 - page document, you can restore the chain of events that is such a story. November 9, 2005 Microsoft had planned to only one certification program. David Berrett (David Berrett) explained that "PC Ready" - a working title of the programme, a term that would be used instead Ready - is Capable. As the value of "capable" in the English language and a more unambiguous meaning close to the program.

But in January 2006, things changed dramatically. The governing persons Microsoft discussed removing WDDM-standard (Windows Display Drive Model) from the program and the launch of Windows Capable second Vista Ready in June 2006. More - more: for the sake of its Intel 915 chipset pressure on Microsoft, demanding the removal of WDDM-standard.

Immediately after that, Mike Ibarra wrote in a letter that the 18 months of work went in vain, and Microsoft had to substitute the HP, which has already made significant investments in the introduction and promotion WDDM-standard. Other OEM manufacturers also unhappy events. Microsoft forced progibatsya by Intel.

HP has invested money in support WDDM graphics accelerators-standard, but Microsoft has changed the program. Of course, HP is not pleased that fact.

Interesting statistical calculations was provided by Microsoft, on the background of which can be seen all the facts and history. In early 2007, following picture graphics accelerators in the market for the fourth quarter of 2006: 60% of graphics accelerators on laptops and PCs supporting WDDM-standard, 30% had 915 chipsets from Intel. 74% of laptops and 58% of desktop computers have built-video, 86% of laptops theoretically suitable for the installation of Windows Vista, but only 46% of them could use the Aero interface. In other words, less than half the laptops at the time, were fully prepared to launch a full-Windows Vista.

By analyzing documents promulgated, it is safe to say that the software giant and its OEM partners have lost a minimum of 18 months of work on the graphical user interface for Windows Vista. And at first glance, it might seem that the sudden turn of events in January 2006 (WDDM waiver of the standard) has set a lower standard, which, which was not good enough to match the query Windows Vista and display it in all beauty with full functionality.

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