I hate to be a hater, but it took them how many point releases to accept that they were wrong and their users' complaint about discoverability was valid?
I will of course try this release. After my initial positive reaction to Gnome 3, I've been driven out as far as KDE and XFCE before circling back to Unity, which I'm starting to like. It too has its "interesting" quirks - just try to find your windows after you remove a second monitor for example (this is a pretty common use-case for laptop users in work environments).
To be an equal-opportunity DE hater, I couldn't believe how crappy the KDE experience was. While Gnome went to one extreme in configurability, KDE is just a mess - seems like anybody can drop in a GUI for random configuration settings. Does a desktop user really need TCP timeout fine tuning for example? The general bling content is even worse than Windows. And all those innocent pixels sacrificed for "Apply" buttons - Gnome got this right, just change the value and boom, it's changed.