Microsoft could face $8.5 billion in damages for “Vista Capable” case

by admin January 23, 2009 at 8:30 pm

Redmond (WA) – Due to Microsoft’s Vista Capable marketing program, the company could stand to lose as much as $8.5 billion in efforts to settle accounts with those customers affected by the campaign. However, this figure is a drop in the bucket compared to the potentially $100 billion Microsoft has taken in revenue thus far for Vista* (see note below).

Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman released figures from the class-action lawsuit that claims Microsoft mislead its customers in the months before the January 2007 release of their Vista operating system.

Microsoft has said that the estimate is inflated, and that if damages were granted it wouldn’t fall anywhere close to this amount.

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