Preview Google’s Changes to Gmail and Calendar
07/01/2011 8 Comments
Google loves innovation and creativity. They constantly add new features to their products, the biggest lately being the revamp of their search page. Gmail being their #2 product with millions of users and businesses using it as their main communications hub, it’s often a focal point for updates and tweaks as well. We all love the new few stuff, but over the years things are starting to get a bit cluttered. Google decided it’s time to remodel, so prepare for a whole new look!
Both Gmail and Calendar are scheduled for new interfaces this month to tighten things up and give a consistent look. Calendar features should be slowly rolling out in the coming weeks, but Gmail’s new look is available for a test drive now. You can get a sneak peak by selecting a Gmail theme: click the “Options” icon in the upper right corner of your mail page (the one that looks like a cog), select Mail Settings, Themes, and choose either Preview or Preview (Dense).
I actually dig the new look. It’s less cluttered and more intuitive. The standard Preview theme had a bit too much white space for me, so I prefer the Preview (Dense) version out of the two. I noticed performance seems to be improved as well. Hopefully this will make the interface more usable for people on slower connections.
Changes to the Calendar’s interface are going to be along the same lines. A cleaner layout, better controls, and design changes will begin rolling out automatically, so you won’t need to change anything. I assume that all of Google’s apps services will be getting the same treatment eventually.
What do you think about the new look? A step the right direction, or should they leave things the way they are?