Looking at the settings pages for Google Reader, Google has apparently dropped the option to use the original interface. Formerly available on the “Preferences” tab, the checkbox to “Revert to the previous version of Google Reader” has disappeared. My guess is, with the upgrades they’ve added like drop-down menus, custom-styled buttons, and search, the Reader team decided that they wouldn’t bother integrating new features into an old, probably buggy, interface, designed before they even added Trends. Adding a search box, a Trends link, and all the subscription tools would be hard work, and it’s likely that not many people still used the interface. The new one looks so much like Gmail, anyway; who’d want to use that old convoluted thing? Personally, I like the new interface, but when will they get around to rewriting the interface on the iGoogle gadget?
Goodbye, Old Reader Interface
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