According to Boing Boing
Blogger has relaunched today, with standards-compliant templates, comments with spamblocking, streamlined blog creation, and page-per-post — the kind of things that we’ve come to expect from a modern blogging tool. The redesign was executed by the arch-geniuses of Stopdesign and Adaptive Path, and it shows. This is a beautiful redesign, both in terms of look-and-feel and approachability for novices.
This evaluation may be right on the money, but a serious paying user of the Blogger product had this to say yesterday:
Blogger folks, um, not for nothing, but don’t surprise paying customers with a new UI late at night, call it a “dashboard” to be all cool-n-stuff, have no exciting new functionality, and pass it off like, “Goodie for you–we just did some cool stuff to blogger!”
It’s not cool. It’s goofy. And it’s slow. Let us have the option of using the old UI.
sheesh–like we don’t have enough problems.
Jeneane will roll with it and get used to the new look and feel, but the situation points to a watershed difference between web development and old fashioned bounded systems development. Namely, back in the day you didn’t surprise your users with changes. You included them every step of the way.