I think the new WPC is fine for the most part; I just don't like that everything is bigger and more colorful. The colors are nice, but it's all too distracting. And I don't like the extra scrolling. Not only that, but a lot of the front-page images suffer from quality loss because of the larger sizes (especially "From The Forums"). And I agree that it's a bit cluttered, especially with those big pictures near the top, above "Headlines" (I always think that's one of the biggest mistakes that news blogs make in their designs). It was much, much nicer when only one image was shown at a time and it just cycled through them. Also, it's harder for me to tell when one article ends and another begins. Before, you guys had a nice blue divider between each one and now there's just a gray line and some little icons that I didn't even notice until looking back for the third time. An even bigger culprit here is the decision to lead with header images instead of the headlines. It makes it seem like (at least to me) that each header image actually belongs to the article above, which causes some confusion.
I also don't like the Previous Story/Next Story at the end of every article. It's a good idea, but I think it's too large and awkward. I personally think it would be better if this could be made smaller and also be made to stand out from the rest of the text on the page (perhaps even use small images specific to each story or at least the story's category). One thing I do
like is that clicking on header images on the front page actually takes me to the related articles. It always drove me crazy that they were hotlinked to the image URL! Anyway, that's my input for now. I really don't mean to seem so negative. The site is still great and, as much as I dislike unnecessary changes, it's great that you guys want to update everything in line with the evolution of Windows Phone. And I also know firsthand what a pain it is to do all of the coding and scripting for a large-scale web site, so kudos to whoever has been working on that. I'm probably too crotchety and nitpicky for my own good.
Oh, and as far was WP8 goes, I didn't think anything was particularly exciting because we basically already knew what to expect, but it was nice to get a bit more info on Kid's Corner, although an in-depth evaluation would be nice. This feature is a must-have for parents and I'm concerned the Microsoft didn't quite get it right. I'm currently reading the WP8 review and enjoying it so far. It's helping me stay excited about WP8 even though I won't be able to get it for another year or so.
Edited by ZombieToast, 30 October 2012 - 08:16 AM.