Haters of CRAPWARE will probably feel good about this. OEMs probably not. According to Ars Technica the PCs Microsoft is selling in its stores (only one open so far as I know) is free from the CRAPWARE we normally see when we buy a new PC from some other outlets. It’s not a completely clean install of Windows 7, you’ll see Windows Live Essentials and Microsoft Security Essentials on the devices. You’ll also see Adobe s0ftware on the device.
But in any event, if you buy an HP, Dell, Acer, Asus, etc… from a Microsoft Store you won’t see any of the “value added” stuff that we all know and hate as CRAPWARE.