With that in mind, we hope we could be assumed to be a 'leading' user of the system.
So, we have been observing the "new look-and-feel" announcement notices that have regularly appeared with some trepidation. Especially when there was no 'preview' option.
And now that it has been set upon us, we feel our trepidation was entirely justified.
The whole thing looks garish, the layout is irritating and every page takes up more screen real estate than it used to.
Having hunted high and low, we have just one question for the Gmail development team: how do we permanently revert to the previous layout? We have no desire to follow your latest 'upgrade' and would prefer to stay where we were.
(Update... after some searching, WTF finally found an option to temporarily stay with the old layout. We hope 'temporarily' translates to some number of years)