Tech betrayal No. 5: Microsoft proves Vista Incapable
In 2006, Microsoft threw buyers of new Vista machines under the PCI bus to prop up Intel. Running Vista's spiffy new interface required new graphics hardware. But Intel couldn't produce enough new graphics processors, so it persuaded Microsoft to redefine the specs for PCs labeled “Vista capable.” A class-action lawsuit followed, revealing dozens of emails from Microsoft execs who knew exactly what pedigree of dog Vista was. Microsoft ultimately won the legal battle, but it lost the war when the troubled OS became one of Redmond's biggest flops.