It’s very unfortunate that Microsoft has let Vista become such a whipping boy for so many of the cool kids, since perception quickly becomes reality in this industry. If I were Ray Ozzie, I would be a little concerned about this.
One interesting thing that still seems to be true is the relative price/performance advantage of Windows compatible hardware vs. Apple hardware. I went to Apple’s web site, and spec’ed out the most fire breathing MacBook Pro (2.6GHz Core2 Duo, 4GB RAM, 200GB 7200rpm drive) for $4049.00 vs. the best Dell XPS M1730 (2.8GHz Core2 Duo, 4GB RAM, 2x200GB 7200rpm RAID 0, Dual NVidia 8700MGT) for $4174.00.
For a desktop/workstation, a top of the line Mac Pro (2 x 3.0GHz Quad-core Xeon X5365, 16GB RAM, 4 x 750GB 7200rpm SATA drives) for $13,249 vs. a Dell Precision T7400 (2 x 3.16GHz Quad-core Xeon X5460, 32GB RAM, 4 x 1TB 7200rpm SATA drives) for $14,387.
In both cases, significantly better performance and the freedom to choose virtually any hardware configuration from the hardware vendor of your choice vs. the freedom to "be different" and buy what Steve Jobs thinks is best for you.
Another thing to consider is whether your platform of choice can run the applications that are important to you. Can I run Crysis or World in Conflict on a Mac? Can I run a more serious database than FileMaker Pro on a Mac?