Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 22nd Apr 2012 17:48 UTC
Google "Reports are coming in from around the Internet that the Gmail redesign, which we were previously able to stave off with 'revert to the old look temporarily', is now forcing itself upon us. I too have succumbed to the new design, and have been forced to find ways to cope. Here's what I did to make it semi-bearable." The Gmail redesign has been the biggest whine-a-thon in the history of the web ('cope'? Bearable'?). For what it's worth, the Gmail redesign has been a godsend for me - the new Gmail is beautiful, understated, and elegant. I love it. I guess the old adage still goes: the satisfied people don't take to the web.
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Wow!
by softdrat on Sun 22nd Apr 2012 22:30 UTC
softdrat
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I rarely use gmail and don't remember what the old interace looked like, so in that sense I can be an "unbiased" reviewer.

Now, I do use four other web-based email systems, so I can do a rank ordering.

gmail is now a close contender with MS OWA (Outlook Web App) for the worst of the bunch. Really - the whole interface seems to be a contest in how cleverly you can utilize every feature of HTML to the total detriment of the "Keep It Simple, Stupid" principle. Try to do anything. What happens? A faceless array of icons shows up at the top of your screen. What do they do if you click on one? Display a friendly help message? Launch a missile attack against Moscow and start World War III? You don't have a clue.

Curiously, in spite of its best efforts, Microsoft has managed to allow both its old "hotmail" interface and its "light" version of OWA work rather decently.

My ISP's (who will remain nameless) webmail interface is somewhere in the middle, which isn't saying much.

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