Keskos, you seem to be so paranoid about Microsoft-bashing that you're starting to see it where it doesn't exist. Eg., this thread: smartguy says that he is not seeing much innovation in BOTH companies. How is this MS-bashing???
Personally I agree. On a superficial level there doesn't seem to be much innovation in these alpha releases IMO. I'm not a programmer so I don't know what changes are being made on the programming front however.