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Friday, July 1, 2011

Google shows how to introduce change

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Google has changed Google Calendar and in the process shown how to introduce change within any community--what, why, and feedback. I know of no other corporation that is this transparent, and certainly no governmental entity. Excerpts from the Google link below:

What's changing

Right now, the changes are just cosmetic and have not affected the way Calendar works. You can choose to turn off the new look by clicking the gear icon and choosing Use the classic look (you can turn it back on by going to the gear icon and choosing Try the new look).
A summary of the current changes are: . . . .
Over the course of the summer and fall, we’ll make more changes to the look and functionality of Google Calendar. You’ll see these changes in your account in a variety of products, and we’ll make sure to keep you updated as we introduce these changes.

Why we made these changes

The way people use and experience the web is evolving, and our goal is to give you a more seamless and consistent online experience -- one that works no matter which Google product you’re using or what device you’re using it on. The new Google experience that we’re working toward is founded on three key design principles:
  • Focus: With the design changes in the coming weeks and months, we’re bringing forward the stuff that matters to you and getting all the other clutter out of your way.
  • Elasticity: The new design will soon allow you to seamlessly transition from your desktop computer to your mobile phone to your tablet, while keeping a consistent visual experience. We aim to bring you this flexibility without sacrificing style or usefulness.
  • Effortlessness: Our design philosophy is to combine power with simplicity. We want to keep our look simple and clean. But behind the seemingly simple design, the changes use new technologies to make sure you have all the power of the web behind you.

How you can have a voice in these changes

If you’d like to share your thoughts on the design changes, you can let us know on our feedback form. new window We’re always looking for new ways to improve your online experience, and your suggestions are really helpful in making all our products better.
Changes to the look of Google Calendar - Google Calendar Help

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