While I agree that MS must be getting desperate I have to disagree about the "user alienation".
Most users are already OWNED outright by MS, they don't know about the alternatives, or don't care enough to switch because they only play solitaire, or don't want to switch at home because they have to use it at work, and it would just be too hard to learn how to use a different OS, whaaaa!!!!!!
Lets face it; other than users who read /. and the other tech forums most people don't have a clue. They just use what ever OS came with their system and whatever software that runs on it and everyone else they know has.
Unless the companies that create the software and configure the systems start supporting/distributing other OSs on a large scale nothing is going to change anytime soon.
just my $.02