Google Groups gets an Update

Google Groups is all about helping users connect with people, access information, and communicate effectively over email and on the web. Now there's a new version on the block. We didn't want to say it, but yes, it's new and improved. It's got a new look, and there are a lot of great new features. If you're already a Google Groups user, we think you'll like it. Just sign in – all your groups are already there, just waiting for you. If you haven't tried Google Groups yet, why not search, join or create a group? Or better yet, do all three.

The new features added in this update include:

  • Page Creation: Create and collaborate on shared web pages, hosted within the group itself.
  • Customization: Select pictures, colors and styles to give your group its own distinct look.
  • File sharing: Upload and share your work with others in your group.
  • Member profiles: Learn more about the other members in your group.
Much like Google's other services, Google Groups is free. The site is currently only available in English, but more languages are on the way. Google Groups supports IE6+, Firefox 1.5+ and Safari 2.03. It seems Opera users are left out once again.

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News source: Overview (Thanks Copernic for the heads up)

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Hmm, I wonder if I can get the left message tree enabled by default. :-/

Edit: Now they're there, I just had to log in to my account.

Edit 2: After messing around to set a proportional font and tree view, and Google messing around with former layouts over the years, I think they really got it right this time. It feels really streamlined and speedy now in the topic reader, and the search result view is unified with the Google Web Search look. I'd even go as far as to say it's an improvement *gasp* And that's no small thing for me who use it almost daily at work for several years, hehe (the software development support groups are often superior to what help you can find on the web)

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