Apple PR? Sweet. Do I get paid for this?
Unfortunately it's just the truth.
And yes. I did see the MS Office requirement. My Mother also had the same requirement because that was all she knew how to use. And she still has it loaded on her Vista machine but has managed to find alternatives on her iPad. All by herself. The risk isn't with Office, it's with the browser. And after spending a year before this trying to teach her how to run firefox with noscript... that was even more painful ("But all the websites are broken now").
My argument isn't "how to stop parents from hurting themselves" it's more about what can you give them to not make them feel like morons. I don't care who comes up with the best solution, I just want the one that works. At my house we run Linux, Mac and one Windows machine (for work). Each one has it's own purpose. But as an admin the last thing I want to do is spend my weekend doing more work for my relatives, so it doesn't matter to me that Apple has the best solution right now. Because in another year or two, someone else will probably have a better one and I'll check that out too.