Google Chrome users voiced complaints following the removal of the option to use the old UI in version 71.
UI switching occurred in September with Chrome version 69. This brought Google's new view of Material Design to Chrome on cellular and desktop. However, version 69 includes toggle which allows desktop users to switch back to the old UI.
When Google launched Chrome version 71 in December, it removed the option to use the old UI. Now, users have been taken to Reddit and Twitter to complain about the new Chrome design.
ZDNet has compiled a complete list of Reddit threads and Twitter where the complainants gather.
Some complaints are legitimate, with users showing new designs making it more difficult to find tabs when many are open. Furthermore, other users say that the design has damaged the ability to mute tabs.
The controversy regarding redesign has caused some users to downgrade Chrome to version 70 so they can continue to use the old design.
In response, Google engineer Peter Kasting said in a Reddit post that it would be better for users to switch to a different browser than to lower Chrome to the old version.
"Please don't do this," Kasting wrote.
"As a Chrome developer, we prefer you to use another browser than trying to lock yourself in an old version of Chrome. There are serious consequences to this, and like choosing not to be vaccinated, that choice affects other people than you. "
However, Kasting went on to say that it would be easier for users to keep using Chrome and get used to the new design. He also said that most of the feedback for redesign was positive and that most people – even those who don't like design – were fine with it after they got used to it.
In the end, Google can't please everyone. As with any significant change like this, there will be people who like it and those who don't. Firefox saw a similar reaction to the Australis (UI) user interface in the late 2000s. Microsoft also saw a number of complaints from users when switching from a more flat Windows 7 Aero UI to Metro UI on Windows 8.
Source: ZDNet, Reddit Via: Tech Times