Originally Posted by lilgto64
Riiiiight, because clearly that is how Apple has been successful with the iOS platform - by cramming every desktop feature into there creating a full desktop experience smooshed into a 4" screen - NOT!
The single most genius thing that Apple did with the original iPhone was NOT dragging every bit of legacy baggage along for the ride. While I think it is great that the underlying kernel has a similar base - and that many parts of the user interface and user experience are converging - if Apple had tried to deliver a Mac OS X Phone back in 2007 it may not have done nearly as well.
On the other hand - from the limited screen shots I have seen of iOS7 - not sure if my sweet tooth is strong enough for the cotton candy UI - and I have one heck of a sweet tooth. Seriously though, a number of pics I have seen of the developer release show very thin light elements with little contrast between the elements and the background - could be a serious issue if there isn't a way to change it. I do understand to a degree Steve Jobs' obsession with keeping the user experience from getting fragmented - I do not understand the pathological aversion to allowing the end user to customize the appears of their own device. Simple things like audio feedback from UI elements can make a huge difference - or not having monotone gray icons in iTunes can actually be helpful to the user.
This is not true. Current problem (majority?) of users have with Windows is not that desktop features are forced into phones, but that phone features are forced onto desktop.
As a phone and tablet platforms, Windows Modern GUI works fine. Based on my experience, it is my opinion that WP8 is comparable efficiency-wise to iOS, both being much more efficient and less resources-demanding than Android. Even Win 8 Pro works remarkably smooth on underpowered Atom tablets, and GUI comes naturally on hand-held, touch-screen devices.
But on desktops? While I'm using Win 8 at work and home and am fine with it (as in not even considering to fall back to 7), I can understand why it's bipolar nature doesn't go well with so many users. I like preview features of tiles (new emails, calendar, ToDos, weather etc.) but, beside using Modern Skype more often than desktop version, I am almost exclusively on desktop anyway. I'd be happy to see an option to open Modern apps windowed on desktop, and to be able to put tiles on desktop rather than having to switch between desktop and Modern, quick and easy as it is. That being said, none of my computers has touch screen yet; can't say if having one would change my opinion.