You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig. The 'purple and white disease' that Windows 8 has can be mitigated but what does a person do about the dumbing down of the UI as a whole? I see the small changes that Microsoft is making as nothing more than laying down small pieces of cheese to lure a rat into a trap. Microsoft's decision to hide everything that might be slightly complex for a users view was a terrible decision. It's so difficult to go in and change things when you need to. Microsoft has this vision of hiding everything because they think people don't need to see it. And it might work in some cases. But it's a disaster when you actually run into problems. My most recent experience with the "Mail" application on Windows 8 makes me incredibly delighted I chose to remain on Windows 7. Nothing is intuitive. All, the hot corner crapola and hiding everything? How the hell does that make an operating system easier to use for a newbie? Even I had to start using Google to find out how the hell to change settings in the mail application. You can put lipstick on something all day long but if you don't fix the underlying issues it just won't be a success. Does it make sense to bury all the options away and make it as difficult as possible for users to go make changes...to make customizations? Sorry, Julie Larson, but were not ALL the same. And if Microsoft thinks that bringing back the Start Menu is all they need to do for people to jump on Windows 9 they can think again. I will be scrutinizing the hell out of Windows 9 before I even think about purchasing and installing it. Blind dates generally don't turn out so well.