, Sven Groot wrote

I have to wonder, if you were to show the Windows 7 and 8 desktop UIs side-by-side to someone who has never seen either (let's say, some hypothetical person who had never seen a version of Windows since Windows 95) and ask them which one is the more modern UI, what they would answer.

If you show them 2 static screenshots, then W7 has nicer effects... but if you show them real-time videos w/ animations and stuff, then I'd say there is no comparison