Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Google Groups Tests a New Interface

Google Groups tests a new border that seems to be enthused by Google Reader. There are a lot of great new features: keyboard shortcuts, endless scrolling, search box autocomplete, a mobile version, addition with Google Profiles and a rich text editor for composing messages.

The new account of Google Groups hasn't replaced the old version because it's not finished and there are still many issues to solve. The right sidebar shows a lot of unexciting information (announcements, recent searches), but doesn't list your groups. You need to click on "my groups" to see this list and you can also add some of the groups to your favorites. Another subject is that the new interface no longer has a digest view that shows a small snippet from the first message of a thread.
"When you sign in to Google Groups, you'll see a link to sample the new Google Groups. Once there, you can make it your evasion view (and you can switch back to the old version if you ever need it). We're eager about sharing these improvements with you, but this is just a start; we're working on improved spam controls, moderation, search, and other features to make Google Groups the best way to connect in discussions. We also want to hear your thoughts, ideas, and any issue you encounter, so please add to our Product Ideas page," suggests Google.

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