Here is my reply that went on the Adobe Illustrator Forum:
I've been using Illy for years, and many great innovations have come along the way.
However, this is the worst way to edit an ellipse that I have ever seen!
I literally cannot scale an ellipse width-wise now, which is a process I use ALL THE TIME.
The three solutions I have come up with or read do NOT work:
1. can expand the shape but then I lose some of the editing qualities I need (the stroke).
2. I can scale on Y, then rotate 90 degrees it till it's on its side, but then Illy automatically reads that as being the X axis again, and I've got the same problem.
3. Make a square into a circle by dragging the corners in, but this does not expand outward into an actual oval.
I need to be able to make a circle into an oval, and to INTERACTIVELY decide how WIDE that oval needs to be. Any talk of its being a live shape is useless to me.
Please, Adobe, either return to the old method, or at least give me an ellipse option (accessed by the letter L, please) that is NOT a live shape, but that behaves as ellipses have always behaved, and IMHO rightly SHOULD behave.
I literally might leave Illustrator over this issue, it's that important to me.
I can't believe there isn't a whole community in a rage over this?