Google News gets an update

Google news has been quietly updated in an overhaul that is cleaner and offers more options to share news.  While it appears that only the US site has been updated, it’s probable that in the coming weeks other countries sites will be updated too.

The two pictures below show the old style (top) and the newer style (bottom).  The new style, while looking similar to the old, provides a cleaner interface and a drop down box to share the news stories by email, reader, Facebook, Twitter or Buzz. 

 

Another new option is the ability to sort the news on the webpage by "list" or "category." Sorting by list will rank the news in terms of its popularity and sorting by category will sort the news stories into their respective news topics, such as business, sports, health and so on. 

The update does add a refreshed look to the website that now makes the old version feel stale and outdated.  As Google looks to keep its readers happy and attract new users, expect the update to hit other countries in the near future. 
 

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I've been trying to like this update to Google News, but it's not really growing on me, it's just too busy-looking and there's a lot of empty space. Now the down scroll is really long 'cause of the center "News for You" column (and yes, I know I can click on the headers on the left menu). There's also no way of removing Local news, which in my case, Google News has never done a good job with (it's always content from The Miami Herald).

Here is a great post from the Google Forums.

"thanks much for all the work the redesign has passed to our department. everyone's back from the 4th and since 8:00.01 am the phone wasn't stopped ringing. we're using Windows Server and everyone has google for their home page so everyone used google news. while news isn't a required(or supported) our company does allow employee's to browse during breaks. of course when anything changes we get the calls(blame). we have determined that there's no way we can support this change and don't want thousands of wasted employee hours as they try to set this mess up. our fix .... at 1:00 am cst 07/06/2010 new homepage for all users... bing.com. 1257 problems fixed."

http://www.google.com/support/...b5a5c15e4ab00048ae090c25d15

mackenziepricee said,
Here is a great post from the Google Forums.

"thanks much for all the work the redesign has passed to our department. everyone's back from the 4th and since 8:00.01 am the phone wasn't stopped ringing. we're using Windows Server and everyone has google for their home page so everyone used google news. while news isn't a required(or supported) our company does allow employee's to browse during breaks. of course when anything changes we get the calls(blame). we have determined that there's no way we can support this change and don't want thousands of wasted employee hours as they try to set this mess up. our fix .... at 1:00 am cst 07/06/2010 new homepage for all users... bing.com. 1257 problems fixed."

http://www.google.com/support/...b5a5c15e4ab00048ae090c25d15

Right, because completely retarded users reflects badly on Google....how, exactly?

mackenziepricee said,
Here is a great post from the Google Forums.

"thanks much for all the work the redesign has passed to our department. everyone's back from the 4th and since 8:00.01 am the phone wasn't stopped ringing. we're using Windows Server and everyone has google for their home page so everyone used google news. while news isn't a required(or supported) our company does allow employee's to browse during breaks. of course when anything changes we get the calls(blame). we have determined that there's no way we can support this change and don't want thousands of wasted employee hours as they try to set this mess up. our fix .... at 1:00 am cst 07/06/2010 new homepage for all users... bing.com. 1257 problems fixed."

http://www.google.com/support/...b5a5c15e4ab00048ae090c25d15

Seeing as I can't edit my own comment, I'll have to add that it's completely and utterly retarded to say that Google news changing EVER so slightly (seriously, it's not that major) warrants changing home page websites entirely. How on earth does completely and 100% changing a news page to something else solve a problem of a few design changes here and there?

Also, that post is do damn vague it's not even funny. All that the IT people have been bitching about is that they get crap every time some small design change occurs, but excuse me, WHERE does he say the problem was with the SLIGHTLY redesigned Google News? Nowhere.

Just another case of irritated and vengeful IT crowds trying to be remotely funny. Morons.

I never thought I'd get tired of minimalistic...

that's why I don't use google products except for their search engine. Plain black text on white with squared blue borders and underlined default-blue hyperlinks.

to me, neowin is quite minimalist... but still a nice pleasant site to look at.