The windowing system for Cubase on Windows has changed.
Some people don't like it, apparently some people do. Regardless of your opinion on the change, which you are welcome to voice, the assertion that the Dev team is inexperienced or incompetent is incorrect, and insulting to them.
As a long time Cubase user myself I have had occasion to be angry and/or dissappointed that my favorite or long-used feature was removed (or not added), but I try my best to maintain a respectful tone when speaking publicly about it. I think it's a reasonable expectation.
So I'll ask you one more time to tone down the insults, this time publicly.
Steve, while it is understandable that you would feel the need to defend the "honor" of your colleagues on the Dev team, these are the facts of the situation:
Steinberg HAD to improve the way windows are managed in Cubase in order to remain competitive and to address long standing customer complaints and usability issues
Steinberg elected to address this core usability issue in a way that violates every UI principle on the Windows platform and which introduces a host of possibly even more serious usability issues in the process
While there were likely a number of considerations that informed the decision to take this approach (including legacy code constraints, what was believed to be feasible to support moving forward, what could be done in a reasonable amount of time with the current Dev resources and other commitments,) the fact is that Steinberg made an objectively bad decision that will likely haunt them moving forward. Anyone who doesn't understand or appreciate this has no experience with UI design or software development on the Windows platform
When a company makes an objectively wrong decision that no experienced or competent professional would EVER make, then it is fair game to question the experience and competence of that team and/or its leadership. As someone else pointed out, designing user interfaces is not rocket science in 2014. What works and what doesn't is pretty well known at this point.
The fact is that Steinberg completely screwed this up. While there are a lot of other terrific improvements in Cubase 8, these are unfortunately overshadowed by Steinberg's failure to adequately address the number one issue that the company needed to resolve with this release, i.e., the way that windows are managed on the Windows platform.
While we are on the subject of experience, it is worth pointing out a lesson that most companies have learned in the era of social media: You NEVER try to control the conversation, even on your own forum. While it may be painful to hear customers say that your company messed up, trying to control and direct the conversation just makes the company look even worse.