Yeah, that's what I love about most criticisms of any new Windows version. 98% of them are simply "I don't like change" rants. However, without change you can't improve. Even more illogical is that the response by most of these folks is also usually "I'm
going to switch to [OS of your choice]!" Talk about change! And it's not like every other OS doesn't do the same thing with their new releases.
In this case, I have to say I'm not even sure why we're retaining the ability to show the desktop. I pretty much never use this. The desktop is the worst place to store anything, even in XP. Of course I realize this is an opinion, and like the famous saying
goes, everyone has one of those as well.
I agree with the thrust of this, but you must always be careful not to change things just for the sake of changing them. I require justifications for any change, and there probably is a good reason for the change.
If you weigh up the fact that this feature has been available for 13 years, then it is highly likely that some people are going to get annoyed. If you also look at the way it was promoted in Vista, with the 3D view right next to it, it feels as if the rug has
been pulled beneath your feet.
I can however, see that the shift is to have all your "in use" icons in the taskbar now, as opposed to you desktop.
I scarcely have more than 3 icons on my desktop, but there are times I store a lot of temporary files before I decide to either archive them, or bin them. Obviously Visual Studio or Firefox will always be pinned to the taskbar, but I use my desktop as sort
of a "sticky note" area - with all my reminders.
I will watch and learn the reasoning for the shift - and I like change- but
this "looks" like it will annoy people, especially those that have used the feature for 13 years. Humans are habitual creatures after all.