Windows 8: Dull and Boring
I may be "gaa-gaa" over anything Microsoft, but I'd rather be gaa-gaa for a UI that doesn't have stitched leather, or a reel-to-reel tape deck, or a fake paper ticket dispenser, or IKEA veneer bookshelves, or gradient metal, or doesn't have anything new in the UI in years, or the only color schemes you have available is grey, grey, blue scrollbar, grey, grey, gloss, white, pale blue folders, gloss, grey, black, grey, and a random galaxy wallpaper.
Maybe I'm just a hipster....
Now as for people not getting used to the UI changes, yeah that holds no stock whatsoever. There are ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS.......ALWAYS, complaints about UI changes. What happens after a couple of years? There are almost rarely any complaints left. The ones that do complain are usually some oddities with an internet blog just to complain about the UI changes. Aero may be missed at first, then people get over it.
If I should say so myself, some of the complaints about the UI are so ridiculous, they can't even be taken with an ounce of sense or sanity. Like, "Windows 8 is the next vista." Most ridiculous claim ever. Or, "Windows 8 is Windows ME." Absurd. And there are the stupid cutesy nick names for it that I don't even KNOW what they mean. The complaints about full screen apps are a little more on the side of crying over split milk that hasn't been split yet. Don't like them, don't use them. Or the complaints about the Start Screen and organizing or launching apps, ummmm, don't know what to say as I can't physically move your hand to arrange them. It seems like some complain just to complain because they are so used to one they that they can't or don't want to try anything different, but say," I've seen and experienced more technological change than you'll ever imagine!" But this has been debated for months now.....no need to rehash.
I'm not adverse to change. In fact, I have been running Windows 8 on test machines for as long as they have been available to me (outside of leaks). I want Windows 8 to be a winner and I want something that is better, faster, leaner and more efficient than Windows 7. I obviously knew going in that some things would be different. So, not adverse to change.
However, after using it, I have found that I don't actually like the change. I don't see the benefits for me in how I use computers. I don't see the benefits for people who work at my company and use the computer as a daily tool to complete their jobs. What I see is a move towards a more tightly controlled and trendy, almost fashionable, change to a framework that runs and works like a smartphone or tablet. And I'm sorry that I cannot agree, or get excited, but it's just not what I want my desktop or laptop to work like.
Perhaps in a few years, when touchscreens are commonplace, it will have more advantages. But today, I just don't see them. It's not that I don't want to see them, or am afraid to see them.
The public just get what they are given.
They can hang on to their existing setup for a while - but at some stage they will need get a new pc - they get what is on it.
If the uptake is slow ( they hang on to what they have as long as possible ) and people keep complaining - then changes are made.
My two cents' worth on Aero Glass: I love it. I like the effects. That's my preference, and if I can't have it (yet, anyway) in Windows 8 I can live with the Win8 "bleh" look. I only run Win8 in a VM anyway and I don't do a lot with it for a variety of reasons. I'm not going to rehash all of that again. Preferences are preferences.
What I fail to get, I guess, is why it was so hyped in Vista and Win7 and now they've yanked it. (Bring on the third-party Aero enablers!) Perhaps it really was because of the graphics card requirements and the desire to have all devices - phone, PC, tablet - look alike. Still, as others have suggested, removing the ability altogether seems drastic.
I never really cared for Aero. I'm big on solid colors. I like the clean straight lines of W8. Hopefully they will expand on that with Windows 9 and 10.