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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Yes, I know, it's to be more touch-friendly. Don't care about touch.

I doubt this was intended to be more touch-friendly. The biggest reason is that now, to get half the commands to even appear, you need to select a tiny checkbox; any slight errors and you've just automagically opened the message and get to go back to try again. To top it off, the commands now aren't even labeled (without hovering for alt text, which you can't do in a touch interface), so you have to pray that what you want to do is listed among the group of whatever these icons represent.

The biggest difference I've noticed in gMail, however, is that Google has decided to exclude my phone's browser from their whitelist, forbidding me from using gMail on my phone. Hardly a move towards being mobile-friendly.

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