Re: As soon as Windows 7 support finishes
"keep in mind that linux help, online, is not only free [as a general rule], it's usually accompanied by people who are willing to hand-hold you through the process if you're a n00b."
Now YOU keep in mind. The Linux community's definition of a noob and the general public's definition of a noob can differ significantly, and this has an effect on the target market.
The Linux community generally expects you to be able to type things and know the difference between a taskbar and a scrollbar.
Meanwhile, in the real world, you have people who hold their mice upside-down--or think it's an accelerator pedal--and still expect to get things done. These are the kinds of people Microsoft have to cater. And no, it's not considered the norm yet to type and print a letter on a tablet.
Think it over.