Your friends who may or may not work in Redmond should also know that the flat, bland graphical style of Windows 8 is unanimously hated by anyone who tries to use it seriously. In the old days, windows could be themed. Now it's just "here's a dull, low-contrast solution that runs acceptably on low-powered tablets. We hope you like it on your desktop too because that's all were giving you chumps"
The list of things that NOBODY likes about windows 8 is rather large, if Redmond has any sense it will actually do something about all the glaring problems rather than ignoring them and trying out some new and equally hair-brained ideas in the hope that they don't suck as hard.
This. It's like we've been sucked into a time warp back to 3.1, except with fisher price colors. Everything, and I mean Everything is 2d, and I can't stand how every aspect of the gui has no depth and you can't tell where elements begin and end because they all blend together.
I was reading that article about fixing windows 8, and by and large if that's the only fixes they're going to do, w9 is going to tank just as bad as w8. Those duct tape fixes are what should have been in 8.1, and they don't come anywhere near far enough for w9. MS doesn't have room for another half-baked OS. They need to bring back everything
that they removed from w7, and stop trying to make the OS run and look like a tablet. I see this being the forced emergence of linux on the desktop from the mass exodus of classic windows users that hate the fisher price gui, and there is no going back once that happens.