1. Location Does anyone actually like that it's now in the middle of the screen? To me, It was much better on the top right-hand side corner. I could launch apps, calculate, play a specific song, wiki something, go to dictionary without taking the focus on whatever was on my main screen. So they placed it in the middle, presumably since it will be used more (or perhaps look better in a showroom demo), and to perhaps compete with things like Alfred which are geared for power users. It's neither here nor there. Basic users will never use such a function, and mid-power users like myself have to go through so much junk to get what I want. 2. Smarter? Hardly, I will reserve final judgement when I get a new mac, or if I clean install Yosemite on my iMac. But from the good old days where I basically had a 100% hit rate on getting what I want, the success rate with yosemite spotlight is more like 20-30%. It is so much slower, and almost works as intuitively as Windows XP file search (i.e. not at all). Linked with issue #1, if it was on the side of the screen, the search can afford to take the length of the screen.. If I type in 'xlsx' for an excel document, I can view it all at one glance, and continue to type more in to whittle the results down (correcting as I go). 3. Spotlight options Spotlight should come with an option to always show the path bar and the command button click should summon up the folder with located item instead. Now it doesn't work half the time on stuff I have clicked/cmd. I used to be able to open file in Finder folder too, and although it's still there.. pressing R or double click is not as intuitive as Cmd/Shift/Click. http://support.apple.com/kb/PH18799 Concluding remarks. When i got my first mac (OS X tiger) Spotlight was actually the biggest selling point at the time (besides a free iPod nano). The salesman showed me that I can type in a phrase in a document, then by using a memory hook.. I could just type something in Spotlight and it would retrieve it for me successfully. I knew this would be special and it has helped me so much. I'm saddened that so many changes on Mac/iOS are so superficial and lacking thought.. Integration of internet based info into spotlight is nice.. but it's almost as convenient as summoning a browser and googling it. They should give users an option in the next re-iteration.