Visual Studio 2012 Theme is Terrible!
I realize that you're trying to make VS 2012 look flatter like Windows 8 (metro), but it's now so flat that you can barely tell where one tool pallet ends and the other begins. The light theme is too light, and the dark theme is too dark.
Maybe take a look at XCode for inspiration, it's a dream to use in comparison. (I use both daily)
Thank you for the suggestion. We are not making any changes to VS 2012 themes. Visual Studio 2013 & 2015 have different themes. In fact, we have a community member that has written an extension that makes it easier to create and apply many different themes.
You can download the extension from the Visual Studio Gallery:
Thank you for using Visual Studio and providing feedback.
Program Manager – Visual Studio IDE
If MS keeps thinking like that (it's a tool, not a painting) it will keep losing market share to Apple. Apple understands that form is more important that functionality. However, there is nothing that says VS can't be both. It used to be both. I wholeheartedly agree that VS 2012 is ugly - and Windows 8 desktop is too.
Certainly getting bugs out is the highest priority, but aesthetics *do* matter. Imagine going to a car dealership where they have two cars - a car that gets 50 MPG and looks like a brick (ugly as H E double hockey sticks) and they have another car that gets 30 MPG and looks like the definition of beauty itself. How many of those 50 MPG cars are going to get sold? Probably zero. Hopefully the point is made.
It matters less for VS because it has no real competition, but if it did, I guarantee you VS would not sell well if the competing product was even close to being in the same class functionally.
I think it's great!
Russell Horwood commented
Wrong! Everyone seems to moan about a new theme for the first few minutes, whether it's Office or Facebook or anything, simply because they are not used to it, then a few years later when it changes again, people moan again. But who cares about the poxy theme anyway? Seriously, how about paying attention to something that matters, like functionality. It's a tool not a painting.The biggest problem with VS is that it has thousands and thousands of bugs in it, if they have fixed some of those without introducing several million more then it's a step in the right direction.