Other's, below, have expressed similar rebellion against being forced to either give their approval to an item the may least disapprove of, or as I did, pick none at all and thus not truly participate in the pole.
These are the kinds of survey wordings/choices that allow bragging rights of 'voted best' to some really elephanted up things in this world.
"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." - Albert Einstein
"As far as we know, our computer has never had an undetected error." - Weisert
"If you are searching for perfection in others, then you seek disappointment. If you are seek perfection in yourself, then you will find failure." - Balboos HaGadol Mar 2010
"the meat from that butcher is just the dogs danglies, absolutely amazing cuts of beef." - DaveAuld (2011) "No, that is just the earthly manifestation of the Great God Retardon." - Nagy Vilmos (2011)
"It is the celestial scrotum of good luck!" - Nagy Vilmos (2011)
"But you probably have the smoothest scrotum of any grown man" - Pete O'Hanlon (2012)
But I've never been able to bite any of those companies so I don't know what they taste, but I guess that the one with a taste more resemblant to bacon would win... Even if they don't have ListCtrls...
I'd have to agree here, even Apple Fans are beginning to acknowledge this, for example: Cult of Mac[^].
Funnily, one of the comments says that an exception where skeuomorphic design is preferrable is music software that looks like a traditional mixing desk. I couldn't disagree more. No sound engineer uses a mixing desk with one finger, and that's pretty well what you're constrained to do with a mouse. Even if the software is multi-touch enabled, the knobs are too small to operate sensitively with a finger. I can't help think there's a better alternative.
Personally I find this strange. I've been using Win 8 regularly on my home PC for a while now. After an initial "where the f**k is ...?" period while I attempted to find my way around, I quickly found myself at home with the new start screen arrangement.
On top of that, performance is significantly improved. Cakewalk (makers of the Sonar music software) tested various aspects of performance for audio software, for example, and found amongst other things drastically improved disk I/O performance, less kernel calls (with associated overheads of context switching).
We all stand to benefit from the optimisations made to get all this running on a tablet.
All Apple's devices are equal, some customize is possible. The PC devices (windows) aren't the best visually, but in usability wins the apple devices. The Microsoft leaves the creativity with the user.
The beauty is ephemeral.
The developer side the Microsoft is a paradise.
If the tool is very poorly designed you may not be able to find even the most basic options. Save button? It's located on a button bar that's only visible when you press a button in the lower right corner five times
Seriously, I've seen a program that used a lightblue font on a classic winform background. The program did everything it had to do, but if you didn't know what the buttons did you'd never know because you couldn't read the caption. I've been told the owner of the company who made that software is a little colour blind... To top it off they used a different icon than you're used to for all of the standard stuff. I can't remember what it was, but the save button did not have a diskette, the new button did not have a blank page etc. To show the error log you had to click a button with a picture of an actual bug on it. The icons were completely unrelated. Who could/want ever work with that!?
Yeah, design matters...
As for my answer to the poll, Google. I like the way my browser looks (Chrome), I like the way my homepage looks (iGoogle), I like the way my email looks (GMail) and I like the way my favourite search engine looks (Bing, j/k Google ).
That doesn't mean I don't like the others, I just like Google a bit more. Oh, by the way, the new metro design just doesn't do it for me...