Re: For the love of God, get your bearings straight
There are a handful of things that people have become used to - and not just on windows: menus, overlapping windows, the task bar, start menus, scroll bars and the like.
It doesn't *matter* if there are better, newer, more innovative ways of doing the things that people do with computers; they want to do things the way they have learned to do them. Apple and Ubuntu demonstrate that there are ways to do things that are different, and that can work, but the vast majority of people (on desktop computers) prefer the 'old' ways.
UI designers seem to have a generic policy - maybe it's something you pick up at UI school? - of forcing unwanted changes on users and in many cases not providing a route back to something with which the user is familiar. MS is not alone in this - consider Ubuntu's sidebar, or window control buttons on the 'wrong' corner, or Mint's current disappearing scroll bars - but they have the largest audience and so they have the most complaints...
It's not that we *we* can't work with new UI paradigms, it's that we can't work efficiently, or do things in the way we are used to - it's that we don't want to unless and until we see a major advantage to it.
(Personal grump: MS's inability to understand the concept of independent mouse and keyboard focus: as late as W8 (dunno about later) moving the mouse out of the window which has focus and to another window and then scrolling it causes the window it just left to respond. Every Linux desktop with which I am familiar understands this: the UI thingie under the mouse responds to scrolls; keyboard focus does not pass until the mouse is clicked.)