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The 10 Biggest Microsoft Stories Of 2008
Microsoft, which is being sued for allegedly leading consumers astray with its Vista Capable logo campaign in the year before Windows Vista's January 2007 release, would love for this story to go away, but it just seems to get juicier and juicier.
In November, a federal judge ordered Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to testify in the class-action lawsuit, based on his "unique personal knowledge" of facts related to the case. Ballmer discusses the Vista Capable campaign in several internal Microsoft e-mails that have been unsealed in batches since the lawsuit was given class-action status, and he'll likely face some pretty intense questioning.
The industry's Vista loathing has actually begun to wane since Microsoft began talking in earnest about its successor, Windows 7, but the Vista Capable case, set to go to trial in April, will ensure that the world's most maligned operating system remains in the headlines in 2009.