- Jun 16, 2018
It's surprising, and a little disappointing, to see the "why do we need a new GUI?" folks come out again--
I could take offence there at the label as I'll explain below, but we'll move on...
I think this conversation has long gone past (and barely grazed the subject of) the why, it's more a why of all things did they do *that*.
The issue of the layout and usability of the old UI is different to it's ability to be maintained and I think the main contributors to this latest part of the discussion recognise this (and have said as much). The issue is where it is headed, the scaleability, efficiency of use, and compatibility with actively used browsers in SMEs (ie. IE).
The comparison with the old UI is largely highlighting what was functional and for the most part worked, as a comparison to that which now clearly doesn't match it. As an improvement (as updates should be) it's in the negative by almost all metrics other than prettiness...
Scalability, Efficiency, Useability = fail.