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Your chance to vent: Is Google's new look more modern or just annoying?

Do you like Google's new cleaner, more modern look or do you think Google has lost its mind by forcing yet another interface change on us?

Earlier this week, Susan Cline wrote a post for the Google in the Enterprise Blog discussing Google's recent roll out of a "cleaner, more modern" look for Google Apps. Check out Gmail’s new look: Why did they do it and what’s next?, for the details, but he general idea is that the Google App interface is going to even more minimalistic and have more whitespace to make it more appealing.

Personally, I don't mind the changes. I don't find them particularly useful or helpful in my interactions with Google Apps, but perhaps you do (or don't). Take the poll and we'll discover how TechRepublic members feel about it.

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

13 comments
Slayer_
Slayer_

Script error. Does this count as an annoyance? Of course, almost every site errors :D

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

as IE 5.5 itself :-)

Slayer_
Slayer_

The interface anyways, not the glaring security holes. But the interface was clean and usable, as a browser should be. It was extremely light weight, even on my ancient system, load times are almost instant (page load times aren't but who is to say where that bottle neck is...). It almost never crashes. It doesn't support most of the viral scripts out there :D . I never really thought tabs that important, especially in its day, when tabbed browsers were prone to crashing and losing everything. Why not just have multiple instances of a program running? In the days of crashing software, it seemed like a good idea to me. Of course, now-a-days I have 3 levels on my taskbar, and 20 tabs open in two browsers.

willytc1066
willytc1066

I hate the black bar.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I didn't even notice it until someone pointed it out. It's up at the top, out of the way, and takes up minimal space. What about it irks you?

ricklw
ricklw

I don't mind the look of the new calendar but I can't see my events. It only shows for the current day or one event days. Other days is shows "+2 events." Not very helpful for me.

n4aof
n4aof

The one change that I really noticed -- and hate -- is the loss of being able to configure how search results are displayed. You used to be able to set the number of results per page, the language filtering, and whether links opened in a new window. Now all the choices are gone.

Jaqui
Jaqui like.author.displayName 1 Like

what few ui elements there were to interact with the apps? idiots can't use them anyway, even before the ui changes because they don't have controls.

anandmistry
anandmistry

Google have changed look in maximum application. That's good for users. Users will see some new design and attract more to see at least one time. But, what will users will get benefits behind it? Does it matter? Google wants to compete Facebook. This is fact statement and even blind person can understand it. According to my concern, Google wants to create more attentions towards users with launch of Google+. What you think about it?

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

but I use Google for search only; no apps, no mail. I don't see much difference in the search function. I think there's something different at the bottom of the home page, like a copyright notice or something similar that isn't there anymore. That's all that's I'm consciously aware of; the results pages look the same.

boomchuck1
boomchuck1

I noticed that something was different but then I wasn't really certain. Seemed the Google logo was smaller, that and the bar across the top. As for anything else, doesn't really change how I use it or such.