Microsoft has rejected a statement from The Seattle Times which asserted that the software firm has changed the definition of ‘Windows Vista Ready’.
The company claims that it has not adopted new language to describe what is needed to successfully boot some of the more resource hungry elements of the operating system as a result of a consumer lawsuit.
"Our language has been consistent all along; we haven’t changed anything," said a Microsoft spokesman.
An explanation of Microsoft’s ‘Windows Vista Ready’ program now displayed on the company’s web site says: "Some features available in the premium editions of Windows Vista – like the new Windows Aero user experience – may require advanced or additional hardware."
Prior to this, Microsoft did not specifically mention that the 3D interface Aero was not classed as a core function, claims the Seattle Times.
Some assert that the change is in response to a recent law suit, in which Dianne Kelley of Camano Island, Washington, claimed that many PCs labelled as ‘Windows Vista Ready’ before the operating system hit stores in January were in fact In no way sufficient.
According to the complaint filed last month, Microsoft assured consumers "that they were purchasing Vista capable machines when, in fact, they could obtain only a stripped down operating system."