I agree with you about stabilisation. I have had an Olympus 100RS for a few years now and its stabilisation simplifies and enhances the photo-taking experience. It also makes the 10x zoom lens usable. I have moved to the A2 because of the improved resolution, as the Olympus has only 1.3Mp.
Incidentally, just like the Luminous Landscape reviewer, I had problems with the Dimage Viewer software. After two deletions and reinstallations all seems to be well.