Originally Posted by norbury brook
I think the point here is what's intuitive to one person isn't to another. I mean look at the way people interact with the various DAW's . I for example could never get on with Logic, seemed the most inappropriately named piece of software I'd ever used. However I've friends who love it and find it easy to use.
What annoys me deeply is lack of options for tweaking/customisation. For example, Reaper is highly configurable, themeable - now that doesn't interest most people I'm sure, but if you have a particular way of doing things, or, like me, a very hard time dealing with bright user interfaces, being able to download a theme / change colours is a complete MUST HAVE.
Windows 8 is not terribly customisable, you basically have 2 options for themes, either the overly bright standard theme or the ugly dark high contrast theme - which is what I use. You can't really do much in terms of changing the colours of the standard Win8 theme, only the title bar and some other elements can be changed.. unlike in Win3.1->XP you had pretty much complete control over the interface colours and it started going downhill from Vista with the Aero interface.
And hell, even the themes for XP to 8 are digitally signed, you have to use a patch/hack to enable unsigned themes, and guess what? A lot of them don't work that well.
Win8 also has some annoying default hotkeys, like WIN+1,2,3,4,5 etc; which I've traditionally always used for my own purposes but since Vista it's been allocated to the quicklaunch bar and disabling them is beyond the means of Joe Average.
But maybe I'm just a fussy user, I'm a big fan of Linux, having used Gnome, KDE, XFCE etc; .. I still prefer Windows as a desktop OS but in Gnome/KDE/XFCE you're able to pretty much set all your colours, hotkeys etc; to the way YOU want them.
My fear is that Windows is becoming more like iOS in that it's restrictive and locked down. I hate companies that don't offer customisation options AND attempt to lock things down. Not everyone thinks the same, behaves the same and has the same ability, some have special needs, preferences and just want to make their machine THEIR machine.
disclaimer: I enjoy my iPad, my Win8 machine, my Android phone my Linux boxes, I'm not an OS fanboy of any particular platform.