I totally understand the points that M.A.S. made in his post.
It looks very nice,... and hey, it does look cool!
On the topic of negativity, I think we all know now that Microsoft and Apple's main marketing goals are based solely around computing for the consumer. Afterall, we are not using "professional" mainframe computers. These companies have realized that their sales/profits will go sky high if they can make a computer more appealing to the non-computer/internet user. It is up to us to set up our system to operate at maximum capacity and reliability regardless of the OS we use.
I think the more open minded we are about that, and the more we realize that these operating systems will ultimately streamline our workflow with music software, the better we will be at making music.
Although I certainly understand the complexities from a developer's point of view, I was disappointed that they gave up on the redesigned file system where it essentially became a big database. Probably the largest area for improvement in computer systems these days is the ability to find what you're looking for as we acquire more and more data.
I wonder if the Virtual Folders is intended to at least partially address this issue. If so, it will be a welcome feature. Beyond that, I must concur with the general consensus. Each successive version brings more CPU intensive eye candy and adds more layers to dumb down the operating system so that dumb people can use it. I don't mind that so much, I'd love to see computers become as easy to use as toasters, but the additional layers to make it cute and user friendly typically impair the ability for those of use who know what we're doing to tweak things.
The fundamental problem is not with Microsoft, but the software industry. People develop software and sell it, but then to keep the lights on they have to keep selling new versions. It doesn't matter that there's no real justification in terms of functionality - the justification is financial. Unfortunately, I end up having to upgrade Windows at gunpoint because other software insists on having the latest and greatest...