dacut writes: Are they the evil monopolist trying to take over another market, or a benevolent entrant trying to free us from the bonds of crapware? Todd Bishop reports that Microsoft is now selling "Microsoft Signature PCs" in its new retail stores. While they did remove the trialware and adware familiar to most folks who purchase from major vendors, they do install various Microsoft add-ons (Security Essentials, Silverlight, Bing 3D Maps, Zune 4.0, etc.), plus Adobe Flash and Reader — perhaps less insidious than other programs commonly installed, but some pieces (e.g. Zune) are arguably just Microsoft's own version of crapware. Of course, the existing solutions — running removal tools targeted at crapware, building your own PC and playing OEM, or using an alternative operating system — are still fine alternatives.