There are WAY too much icons that distract attention. The layout must be simplified, the colorful icons removed
The UI has become like a FAT lady that is too happy with herself. Text like: We couldn't find any items :-( instead of "none" (in subtle gray font, just steal the user's time and show the happy-lazy intentions of the designer.
Additionally: in the new portal there is a Bunch of colorful icons everywhere crying out for attention causing the user seizure. If the Content is prioritized correctly in old school format, icons would be much more secondary.
There is clutter in the content that instead of been worked out it has been covered up with colorful graphics.
MIke Schellenberger commented
Interesting that a few years ago they took our color away in Visual Studio which I and many others very much disliked. I must say I absolutely hate all the color, icons, boxes, white (and wasted) space, movement and horizontal scrolling in the new portal. It is very distracting and costs a lot of time to understand and navigate. This also makes it appear like a coloring book or game which is just wrong, this is not an app destined for the general public.
I think there is usefulness in color but it must be used sparingly.
Olivier Hault (Level IT) commented
I really wonder why you create a new portal with the same UI error that what you have learned for the Metro/Windows 8 fiasco.
We are here on the server side !!!! It's even worse.
Can you please get back to the root and being focused on the real needs of your customers and patterns ?