I'm inclined to agree with the original post. (minus the VS '2002' - 2005 ?)

The new UIs are not easy on the eyes and cause a drop in productivity, and just because you don't experience a full on Blue Screen or AppCrash doesn't men things have gotten better.

The negatives far outway the positives, just search the web for VS feedback or read social.microsoft.com posts, or worse the connect.microsoft.com feedback that MS ignores.