Press weren't the only ones. Business who depend on Windows had little faith in Vista. I'm sure MS has made moves to improve Vista, but that has not seemed to instill much confidence.
No one is forced to buy a Mac. Apple has to compete in an open market with everyone else. If the loyal fan base felt gouged they are free to go elsewhere.
Vista fair enough, I think the real problem wasn't that Vista is/was bad to use, just that it didn't give any tangible benefit at the user end to justify the expense and hassle. I'm sure 7 will correct that.
The loyal fanbase DOES feel gouged..read these boards and MR...but still they buy!!
I think an irrational fear of MS does it.
Me? I'm just happy saving the money and having fun.