"I'm reading through the unsealed court documents, including internal Microsoft emails [PDF, 158 pages], from the federal lawsuit over the "Windows Vista Capable" program. It makes for fascinating reading at times.
As Todd Bishop of Seattle PI discovers, Microsoft clearly knew that it had serious compatibility issues on its hands. Microsoft's new Windows chief suggested that "People who rely on using all the features of their hardware...will not see availability for some time, if ever, depending on the [manufacturer]." What a cheery vote of confidence. Can I get some software from that guy?
But I found another email (Page 153) from Brad Goldberg, General Manager of Microsoft's Windows Client Product Management Group, much more telling. Why? Well, Goldberg seems to understand that the value of his Windows is dwarfed by the real value of the computer:
I wonder if Mr. Goldberg appreciates both the truth and the difficulty inherent in his comment that consumers are looking for a PC, not an OS. To me, he could not more clearly state, "Windows is a commodity. The end of (our) world is near."