Let's have an end to the myOS is better than yourOS 'arguments' as they are totally pointless.
I have been a MacOS user for more than 10 years, but have also regularly used Windows for over 25 years (and previously CP/M, Unix and MSDOS), plus several versions of LINUX. To my mind there is no doubt that MacOS has some advantages over Windows and vice versa, i.e. I am far from being a 'fanboy' of either system and don't believe either OS is perfect, but can't understand why some positive features in either system haven't been replicated in the other. Plus, both Apple and Microsoft have both made some disastrous decisions in the past and will, no doubt, continue to make similar mistakes in the future. LINUX is pretty much unrivalled in the server market with the entire Internet, Microsoft and Apple and virtually every major organisation being dependent on LINUX Servers but, in my opinion, it will never rival Windows or MacOS on the Desktop because there is no such thing as a single LINUX Operating System. - The Linux User has to choose between literally hundreds of individual Distributions; and after that has to then consider at least a dozen different Desktop Environments before they get around to selecting which software to install. Free(dom) of choice in both OS and software is a great concept for individual users, but disastrous for organisations that need consistency.
Developing software such as RM8 is, I'm sure, similarly fraught with issues, especially if you need to implement interface changes for new features (many of which users have demanded) and/or you decide to implement native operability across multiple operating systems; and develop an interface that can readily adapt to a running on a wide range of display systems from small screen laptops though to large screen/multi-monitor setups. The design and functionality also needs to be attractive to new users, as well as satisfying existing users who may be discouraged if they feel the 'new' software is so different that they need to spend a vast amount of time learning how do things that they could previously do easily. - Think about the reaction to Windows 8 (without the traditional menu) combined with the introduction of software menu systems that were far better designed for tablet/touchscreen computers than they ever were for traditional laptops/desktops. In addition, what would be the point of (re-)designing something that, on the surface, looks identical to what already exists or looks exactly the same as a competitor product?
I think you can guarantee one set of results when RM8 (or any other competitor product) is eventually released:
1. Some people will immediately love the new style.
2. Some people will immediately hate the new style.
3. Most users will probably give it a chance, providing it delivers clear improvements in what the software is expected to deliver, i.e. a reliable and effective way to record, analyse and report Family History research.
4. Some users will choose to stay with their existing software ( for an indefinite period), or move to another product.
5. Some new users will be attracted by a 'fresh' release and design and want to give it a chance.
6. If the expected/hoped for improvements aren't readily apparent to users the product will slowly die. - Think Word Perfect, Lotus 123 & DBase III if you're old enough to know what they were and how they dominated the market even at an eye-watering cost.