I have renewed respect for part-time Microsoft chairman Bill Gates (now full-time philanthropist), but in a strange kind of way. For the greater good of humanity, Gates has apparently become Mr. Burns from The Simpsons and released the hounds (mosquitos, this time around) on the audience. The megalomaniac in me applauds this method.
It happens about five minutes into this video from TED:
If you're going to blame someone for Vista, it's CEO Steve Ballmer. By the way, for the sake of disclosure, I own some shares of Microsoft and bought more when the market crashed a few months ago. You can cut your losses by selling at a great capital loss (like many who are afraid in this economy), or you can cut your losses by buying low to average out the losses.