Gmail, Google Calendar Join Google Redesign Party
Google is redesigning Gmail, Google Calendar and even Google Apps to streamline the applications. The user experience tweaks are joined with those made on Google Search and Google Maps.Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is adding Gmail to its short list of software products it is redesigning in the wake of launching its long-awaited Google+ social network.
One day after revealing tweaks to Google Search and Google Maps, the company said it is trying its hand at several interface updates to help strip out clutter. Google's first experiment for users is with two new themes -- a "dense" preview and regular preview -- in the Themes tab in Gmail settings.
- The Quick add function is now under the down arrow next to the Create button
- Calendars selected for viewing in your My calendars and Other calendars lists will no longer display with a colored background; instead, only the arrows next to them will be colored.
- The Print and Refresh buttons are now icons rather than text links.
- Visual indicator icons will only show when the event is hovered over.
- The My calendars and Other calendars lists on the left are now collapsed by default and may be expanded using the small gray arrow.
- The mini month view calendar under the Create button is collapsible using the small gray arrow.
- The Save and Discard buttons and Back to calendar link are only available at the top of the event page, not the bottom.
Google Apps users on the Rapid Release track will be able to access the updates first, followed by organizations on the Scheduled Release track.