Last year, Gmail warned us that the change was coming.
Early this year, the warnings became more frequent and pointed. The "new look" of Gmail, unasked-for by the public and shorter on usability than what came before, would soon arrive.
I kept pushing "Dismiss," and over the past few weeks the warnings went away. I thought that perhaps I had dodged this bullet and that Google had decided not to force the change on people who really didn't want it. Dream on! Just now I rev up Gmail to find that my accounts now feature the "airy" new look, with no "Dismiss" or "Return to old look" or "What the hell?" button in sight. In celebration of Earth Day, perhaps, the new age has dawned.
For the record:
- I realize that it doesn't matter. If you can complain about this, you've got no real problems;
- If you use keyboard shortcuts, plus the "compact" view option, the new Gmail, while worse, isn't that much less convenient or efficient than the old;
- The Offline Gmail app, which I use all the time, has had the "new look" for a long time, and I am used to that;
- If you rely on a cloud service, and one that's free, you live with the choices the people running the cloud offer; moreover
- If you use a mail-handling program, from Eudora to Sparrow to Outlook to Thunderbird to Apple Mail (etc), you can be spared any further awareness of future choices Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc make about the look of their web-based mail. I am hoping to dig out a clot of impacted emails today, and I'll do so via Sparrow or Thunderbird.
- And finally: I'll never mention this again.