I was talking with my old pal Michael Clyne about Vista and he told me a horror story about his dentist installing vista and the pain he experienced. If you consider that and the recent kerfuffle with Microsoft "Bribing Bloggers" with sexy laptops you can quickly realize that Microsoft wasn't trying to bribe the bloggers in question, oh no, they were just helping them get vista installed.
The controversy aside, the laptops are -very- nice. I met one of the recipients in New Zealand and I thought the little bluetooth voip handset was a nice touch. No wonder people thought Microsoft was being all bribey.