Agreed. This just looks and feels like a giant step backwards. A de-evolution. Looks/feels less professional.
As if the look and feel fits somewhere between Windows 3.1 and Windows 95.
It's hard for me to fathom that they spent an incalculable amount of resources to end up with something that is worse, that no-one asked for, all while no-one had any major complains about Windows 7 which would justify such a drastic change.
The root cause of this change is to make it fit in with MS's mobile strategy. A failed strategy (no, my Surface Pro 3 can't work as a tablet because the tablet apps are missing or simply suck to the point of being unusable).
Yea, let that sink in for a while... This change was done chasing after a failed mobile strategy. Due to Apple Envy. I love(d) MS, but they are no Apple, so they should stop trying to be like Apple and stop abandoning what used to work.