Oh, I'm not forcing anyone into a Windows environment. I strongly push them towards Linux and tell them it's the preferred environment at the lab, and all our infrastructure is Linux based. We just wanted to set up a data download station, and suggested Linux, but were told the external users aren't familar with Linux (I don't know how they run the experiment, where lots of it is based on Linux, but hey, not something I get to change), and will need Windows there.
We have plenty of Labview stuff which I'm told by staff must use Windows, as well as some Matlab stuff, even though I'm pretty sure quite a lot of it runs on Linux, I don't get to override them.
And then there are the Mac users who insisted on using onenote for logging on a separate Windows computer, when their experiment controls were all Linux and their laptops are Macs, but why not use a Windows only program for this note-taking? Because it's easier than a web based logging tool to copy pictures into. (This was 2008ish, carries forward to now, though there now is a Mac OneNote client, it's still not to my knowledge multi user or runable on Linux)...
Most of the insanity comes from people who *don't care* about the technical reality and substitute their own. And are apparently OK with a lot of cluged together solutions. At least I get a job out of it.