I have an email account in Outlook.com. That used to be called first Hotmail, then Live.com or even MSN.com at one point. Either way, it’s all old Hotmail most people knew (you can still choose hotmail when you want to sign up there).
Some time last year, all of a sudden I was presented with a brand new interface, there in Outlook. Beautifully crafted, devoid of unnecessary graphics, just clean … and more importantly: it works. There was a button that said “Feedback”, I had a question … can’t remember now what it was, but I typed it in. The following morning, I had an answer from a real person. I’ve even found a support chat in there. Try to find support in Gmail, and good luck!
Now; I’m not writing this because I want to push for Microsoft. It was just this experience I had with the new in my email, led me to think about the new interface here in WordPress. How long has it taken, since we first saw the Beep Beep Boop? Two years? More? Is it finished yet? I have no idea.
When I started to type up this post, I was going to give one example of a feature that’s been removed. That’s why I put in the picture above. When I have a single image in a post, I want it to open in a new tab, when clicked. I was going to say that that’s no longer possible in the new interface, only to find out how to do it! Heh! It’s actually good: While in the editor, you click once on the picture, then on the link tool, the URL is already filled in, and there’s a box to tick for “open in new window/tab”. Serves me right, I guess, as I was going to write a whining post, griping about Calypso, as it’s called, this new.
In fact, that feature, was my last grievance about it, so now I can start to use it, fully. But I must say it took a long time, and I still don’t think they should have released it while it was half-finished.
On an unrelated note: when was the last time we saw an upgrade of Gmail’s interface? Perhaps it’s perfect as it is?!