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Tuesday, 06 December 2011 21:49

The (supposedly) wonderful new Gmail interface


The Gmail team has been promoting the upcoming 'new look and feel' for some time now.  What do we think?

Here at 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,' our Gmail account is our primary lifeline to the world.  In the past few years, we have accumulated something over 40,000 conversations (that's probably close to 100,000 actual emails) in our Gmail inbox (and sub-folders of course).

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.


Pretty please??

(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)

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David Heath

David Heath has had a long and varied career in the IT industry having worked as a Pre-sales Network Engineer (remember Novell NetWare?), General Manager of IT&T for the TV Shopping Network, as a Technical manager in the Biometrics industry, and as a Technical Trainer and Instructional Designer in the industrial control sector. In all aspects, security has been a driving focus. Throughout his career, David has sought to inform and educate people and has done that through his writings and in more formal educational environments.



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