re: Microsoft Launches Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Boy do I agree. I'm looking for performance, reliability, security, ease of use and interoperability with the mobile world. I don't need all the cosmetic bells and whstles. Above all I'm not looking to relearn core functions with every new release.
In terms of colors things started to get daffy with Windows/Office 7/2007. In Office I have to go layers deep to get the standard highlight and font colors that I use. The canned options look like makeup palettes in a department store. Spring blossome anyone? How about pumpkin fest? There are good reasons that most of us prefer to use blue, red, etc. The new schemes are creative but at least make them optional.
Windows 7 OS added translucent frames to the mix. The result is that neither me or my mom can see the buttons above the ribbon, \including the save button, without making a humongous effort. I can't find any documentaiton for how to change that attribute.
Since I haven't met anyone who likes these things and since Microsoft seems to be listening to the marketplace these days, I was optimistic that we'd at least get back options for the old look and feel. Apparently not so. Looks worse than ever. Microsoft needs to lose the change for change's sake mentality. There are plenty of substantive fixes and enhancements that Windows needs; the cosmetic we can handle ourselves via add-ons.
With OSX/iOS, Androind/Chrome, etc. in the marketplace and BYOD coming to the workplace, Microsoft can't force feed us mediocrity anymore. If we have to start over with each upgrade, relearning how to work and how to configure our environment, we just as easily move to a new platform. A word to the wise. . .