Microsoft Wins Windows XP Downgrade Lawsuit

Friday Feb 26th 2010 by Staff

A judge dismissed the anti-trust case against Microsoft concerning its policies that required users to first purchase Windows Vista or Windows 7 before they could downgrade to Windows XP.

Computerworld: U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman has dismissed an anti-trust case filed against Microsoft. In February 2009, Emma Alvarado had filed a complaint alleging that Microsoft profited from downgrade policies that required users to purchase Windows Vista or Windows 7 before they could use Windows XP.

Pechman said that she dismissed the case because the plaintiff failed to prove that Microsoft profited from the action. "That she chose to downgrade to XP without extra cost does not demonstrate that Microsoft retained a benefit without giving value. Nor does the fact that she chooses to use only one version nullify the fact that Microsoft gave her value for the bargain," she said. "If anything, it appears that Plaintiff obtained two versions of Microsoft's operating software for the price of one."

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