I loved it until the last slide. To me, Microsoft is doing just the same and the greco-roman architects by referencing a design pattern from the past.
Piet Mondrian thought that his sub-division styleshould be applied not only to painting, but also to other design, including city design. I always hated Mondrian’s dry design and sided with Dali (“Piet, niet!”).
But I dunno. Is it historicism or just a coincidence? Grids make rectangles. I’m not sure Microsoft could help it.
Updated: Lest you think I think Windows 8 is an example of good usability.
I’m just noting that they’re leaving behind the leather & drop shadows and striving towards something cleaner. Perhaps all that torn paper & leather biding makes things a little less confusing after all, eh?