Over the last several weeks, I have fallen in love with the Google feed reader. It is simple to use, and perfectly matches the way I want to work. It was as if someone smart at Google ignored all the competitive readers out there and said "how should a reader be built"
Today, Google introduced a new interface which I hate, and said it would soon discontinue the old user interface I loved. Basically, they threw out the old, simple interface (which was so Google-ish) and replaced it with a Bloglines/FeedDemon/etc. clone. This new version looks as if a new programmer never read a feed in his life but just went out and tried to copy existing products. Those of you who like the way bloglines works but would rather a Google branded version will be happy. Many of us who loved the old version are angry.
I may be reading too much into this, but it seems like a small but definite step in the Microsoftization of Google, replacing simple intuitive software with bloated feature-packed messes.
Update: Here is how I would describe the difference between the interfaces: For those who read feeds once and then never come back to them, like reading the paper in the morning then throwing it out, the old interface was perfect. Those who read feeds more like email, where they read it once but then want to be able to find it again later, or who read non-sequentially, jumping to certain feeds they consider more important than others, will like the new interface much better. That's why the new interface looks a lot more like the Google email client. My only disapointment is that there are LOTS of products servicing this latter market, and the old interface was the only product I have found to service the former.