alasta: Do you seriously think that a manufacturer like Microsoft is going to leave their customers high and dry in a situation like that? Case in point - my G3 iBook died out of warranty a few years ago and Apple came to the party without any objection. As a result Apple have retained my ongoing business in the years that followed, meaning that a mutually beneficial resolution was able to take place without resorting to throwing the book at them.
It sounds a bit like my dealing with Samsung, no fuss, brand new replacement set despite being two years outside of warranty and all achieved without 'throwing the book'.
The real question is would the resellers/distributors be so forthcoming if there was not a consumer safeguard in place?
I would suspect most people whom have resolved an issue have done so outside of a legal CGA dispute, in most probability Apple knew your ibook died prematurely and that if the matter became legal they would lose so provided the most likely outcome without any fuss most likely thanks to the CGA ;)