From another point of view procedures that were very easy before now are very complicated or missing at all.
It should go without saying for any sophisticated product, be it Adobe PhotoShop, Visual Studio, Oracle DBMS, or Release 9, that if you haven't learned how to operate the product at even basic levels you'll find it much more complicated and difficult to use than a product which you have learned well over the course of years.
9 is different, so you have to look at what it does and how it does that and learn to use 9 correctly. Overall, 9 does far, far more than 8. 9 can do things 8 cannot come close to touching, and in most cases of overlap the 9 way is far easier and more effective when doing sophisticated things. But that doesn't mean that 9 does everything that 8 does. 9 is a much bigger Venn circle than the 8 circle. It overlaps the 8 circle in significant ways, but the 9 circle does not cover, that is, completely include, the 8 circle.
8 has a broad set of GUI features, but 9 is way deeper and more capable in terms of data sophistication and manipulation. As 9 adds various GUI features, those tend to be far more extensive and capable than what is in 8. The recent upgrades to Style are a good example of that, and the significantly greater capabilities in things like the Transform and Select panes over 8's transform and select toolbars are also examples. Over time, everything that people realistically used in 8 will appear in 9. But those 8 things won't appear in 9 before things that 9 users want to see expanded in 9. That's the way it works with a community driven product: what the community says it wants happens first.
If you haven't learned how to use 9 you won't be able to take advantage of 9's ability to do things very well and, generally, very much more effectively than 8.
Anyway, once you've learned how to use 9 and have attentively done the reading such a sophisticated product requires, and you've gotten over the initial learning curve, then you'll be in position to compare and contrast the 9 way of doing stuff with what 8 does. That would be very useful feedback. :-)