@MasterPi: I can't comment on thread view count, mostly because I haven't really thought through what it would take to add it in. I don't think it is a crazy amount of work, but I hesitate to promise without looking at it.
As far as a new look/design goes, consider this the first hint/leak/preview: we are working on one. The motivation was responsive, but the end result was an overall revamp of the design. I always feel like someone will hate any change we do, but hopefully the majority will like the change. Geoff on our team is running the re-design project, so perhaps he'll post some images, but all I can promise is that responsive was our first and primary goal, so that is definitely part of it. Second priority was some flexibility in the homepage. I've been wanting to be able to change it up from time to time, run a 'spotlight on azure' set of videos or 'spotlight on Microsoft History' (given the recent Larry Osterman videos), so the new design allows for the introduction of some random content to the homepage from time to time.