Yes, of course I noticed.
Microsoft stepped up their process of what I deem "Sheep Herding" with the pre-release versions of Windows 8. They figured they'd ease into what was quite obviously an uglier desktop theme gradually, to try to wean people off the quite pleasant and integrated desktop experience of Windows 7.
The ugly realization is that they've done all this on purpose. It's so ugly that it makes you want to turn away from it in disbelief.
Someone perceptive and intelligent in Marketing (but still evil) quite clearly realized that Metro/Modern didn't hold anything that was worth having that would actually draw people to that side, so they instructed their minions to make the desktop side actively worse to use. Beyond the overt square, flat, lifeless look, there are subtle things, such as the mouse not *quite* grabbing the edges of windows where it should, or the missing sound effects for some error dialogs, or not allowing Metro/Modern apps to run with UAC disabled, or... The list goes on of subtle things they've broken on purpose.
Remember when "Build a Better Mousetrap and the World Will Beat A Path to Your Door" defined an age where things truly did get better?
Someone got the %*$&@ bright idea that they only need to say they have a better mousetrap and people who, out of experience, still believed they would build one would keep beating that path.
Fool me once...
Edited by NoelC, Today, 09:49 AM.