I think the Vista backlash is a common sentiment in the marketplace, echoed by the extension to Windows XP and the new OEM downgrade option. I commend consumers for instead of blindly adopting the "new" Windows, they are questioning its worth. Is it better? Does it improve my life in some way? At what cost?
How can you blame consumers for their choice on what to buy? In the free market, isn't the onus on the manufacturer to make something people actually WANT to buy?
I'm not a MS hater. I love Windows XP, and was happy to upgrade back in the day. However, I did skip the ME, 98 generations and that suited me just fine.