I had not read the complete article (@ work) so thanks for the clarification. I still think it's 6 applications too many, but the fact that there is monitoring is both a blessing and a curse I guess.
I've recently got a new OEM machine, and I've still not had the chance to remove the rubbish bundled along with it. It really does detract from the experience. They need to maintain high quality all the way with WP7.
I hope we get the option to remove the OEM apps (unlikely I know). I hate getting into a situation like I did with the iPhone where I move the apps I don't want to a page and have to try and forget about them.