, xied75 wrote

My feeling is that 'consumerism' is driving those changes, no matter which company we are talking about. This leaves all those 'professionals' in the dark, no matter which OS.

yeah, I cannot explain why computer companies do not do a better job with their OS software. I have seen IBM simply starve its AS400 of investment and improvements. What I have seen of C++ and windows shell programming this last year is a bunch of areas where improvements can be made but are not.  Even WPF seems to have stagnated. ( where are the efforts at styling WPF in a CSS sort of way. )  Apple, IBM and Microsoft have tons of money, yet none appear to be going all out in making their platforms as programmer friendly as possible.