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You can get it to closely look and behave like Windows with considerable ease. This is a good thing for those switching from Windows, because it gives them a familiar environment, cutting down on the learning curve a bit. Among the popular DE's this is the one that gets you closest with great ease. See More
Cinnamon provides control of the placement of desktop icons on multiple monitor setups. This feature has been buggy, but in my testing of Linux Mint 19, this feature appeared to be stable. Thus, Cinnamon joins KDE and Windows in enabling this capability. For example, in a setup with 2 or 3 monitors, you can put the desktop icons on the right-hand monitor. With other DEs, the icons always move to the left-hand monitor. See More
GNOME sometimes reduces the whole interface to the absolute minimum, a few examples: GNOME hides many advanced options/settings in its interfaces Toolbars can't be edited without external tools Menubars have been removed in favor of a hamburger menu Newer GTK versions remove icons inside popupmenus and menu mnemonics See More