The article was interesting, I passed it on to a normal user who I know has had some problems in the past.
The sad thing of it, was in the comments section where it started to degrade into an OS Jihad about Linux and windows and the like.
To be honest, what has hurt Windows OS in general is the fact that it is coming out on a lot of computers at a lower price point, it took the wind out of Macintosh when Windows started adopting more of the nuiances of Mac's OS and finally just having the coding tools out there for even the most neophyte type person to start coding things.
The funny thing is... Macintosh started out having the most virus problems during its heyday because PCs had only DOS from IBM and not a nice Windows OS until after Windows 95 came out and made accessibility to the internet much easier than Mac OS 6 did until later on.
While PCs did have networking abilities, it wasn't until Windows 95 started to take steam that really made Windows become the front runner for businesses, especially with cheaper hardware over the Mac. Mac also had its niche market which didn't spill over much for others.
Now that PCs are literally 'dime a dozen' and coding malware/viruses for it is easy, it is the easier target to hit. The really funny thing I found was the Linux advocate who touted Linux's superiority neglected to understand that the direction of the article was towards the 'average user' who don't want to deal with 'setting things up'. Linux is not a horribly difficult OS, but it lends itself better for people in the IT world more than John Q Public who wants a black box that works. And unfortunately, with a large population leaning towards Windows or Mac, you don't have many people looking actively for Linux distro installers.