Loved how the "propaganda" piece really focused on how the general populace historically rejected so many of Microsoft's 'innovations' like the mouse or the Start button. The implication being that Metro is just another 'Start Button' and that eventually the world will wonder at the obviousness of Metro and the backward stupidity of modern day critics (and users). It's all there. Here are all of our other innovations
, they say during the retrospective. Are you going to be such ninny-poo Luddites as to reject metro too?
Of course, I note, they never mentioned their other great innovation: Microsoft Bob.
I also have to laugh at those who find Aero kitschy. I wonder if some of those critics are also the same ones who tirelessly pointed out that Microsoft's Aero imitated KDE. Does this mean, now, that KDE should now be known as the ultimate K
nvironment. I mean, nobody does Aero like KDE. They're, XXX, hard core when it comes to see through. Now that MS has retreated from Aero, I wonder if KDE is going to start feeling like that guy in the Disco outfit, with the bell-bottom jeans and sideburns, who gets it all down about two decades too late. I can just hear the KDE devs: But, but, but... wait a minute...?!?
And what about all those curves that MS got rid of. Is Gnome going to have an identity crisis? Gnome Shell is nothing if not exaggeratedly plushy and bloated with curves. They've even tried to throw in some Aero. Microsoft has cleaned up and streamlined its aesthetic while Linux DE's, as if two decades too late, have shown up in Disco bell-bottoms and sweaty sideburns. The Unity lens is nothing if not an orgy of Aero extravagance. And then there's the Enlightenment DE with all its glitter, gloss, and glam. Ta-Da! What? Are the sixties over? If Enlightenment can just stay in BETA for another decade, tastes will come around, by Gad! Someday, Enlightenment will rule the world. You'll see.
Full disclosure: I like Aero.
But 8's clean look is a nice change. Of course... I know, I know... they got it from open box.