"As I noted at the beginning of the post the overall objective behind many of the Visual Studio 11 theme changes is to give you maximum real-estate for, and ability to focus on, your code."
Actually, would you believe my code is perfect?
With all the colors, spacing and adornments now bestowed upon my code, I glance at its beautified syntax coloring, the alignment of whitespace and the clearly identifiable constituents which make up this monstrosity. Yes, that made my code all better. Let's ship it!
Too bad I cannot focus on that code, but instead, the 'environment' which surrounds my code which seems so "out of place".
The "menu" is constantly 'screaming' at me. I can get this from newbs on message boards or chat channels, but I would never expect it from my development environment. However, maybe, just maybe there may be some people at Microsoft who are trying to send a coded message: "ANALYZE VIEW, HELP DEBUG PROJECT, HELP TOOLS TEAM!"
The drab colors make me want to grab an install disc, break it in two and slash a vein. The icons, oh the icons I once knew and loved are a glimpse of the past. When I look at 2010 and 2011 side by side on monitors, I see one, full of color, vibrant, "come on in here an play!" The other requires beer goggles with red-blue anaglyph 3D glasses to have some modicum of appeal.
Maybe I am just not 'metro' enough to grab the "abstract concept" some artists vehemently put into their work. Maybe I am not cultured, or "in-tune" to whatever collective "User Experience" Guru created this work of Art.
Maybe I just want to 'use' a development environment which can not only accentuate my code, but also provide easy-to-use visual cues, recognizable icons, subtle use of color (I like the status bar color states, could be less opaque) and a Menu which reads like all other menus before it.
This one, I can hang on the wall of shame.