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This is Leo Notenboom for askleo.info.
A couple of months ago I started getting a rash of complaints from MSN Hotmail users. They had been switched to the new Windows Live Hotmail. It's the same service with an updated user interface and feature set.
The folks complaining didn't want to switch. Many didn't like the change just because it was change; they saw it as Microsoft fixing something that wasn't broken. Many more simply didn't like the new user interface, preferring the old one instead.
And both camps simply wanted to go back.
Today I got a similar complaint about Yahoo. Apparently they've revised some portion of their interface in a way that some users don't like.
He wanted to go back.
There's no going back.
This is one of the hidden "gotcha's" we don't often think about when using on-line services. The fact is that we're totally at the mercy of the service provider. If they want to change something, they can, they do, and they have no obligation to allow us to switch back.
Now, I do understand the service providers point of view: they need to keep innovating and improving in order to stay competitive. That implies, heck it requires, change. And no matter what you change, someone won't like it. You might be improving your service, and some number of your customers will disagree. Strongly. They'll insist that you're not improving anything, that in fact you're breaking things.
In fact the only thing that's being broken here are expectations.
But I also understand the perspective of many users: change isn't always necessary or even desired.
Unfortunately things will change, and no, you can't go back. All you can really do is vote with your feet: stop using the service you dislike and find one you can live with. Be it a paid or free service, that's often the only language service providers understand. And even then, if you're in the minority, if most people like the new whatever-it-is, then you're the moral equivalent of collateral damage.
There really is no pleasing everyone.
So what can you do? Well, with online services not a lot. Leaving's about it. If you're using an online equivalent of a desktop application, like email, then perhaps you'd be better off using the desktop equivalent. You won't be able to completely avoid change, but at least more of it will be in your control.
Just ask anyone who's running a 10-year-old email program. Lots of things have changed.
But they haven't.
At least, not yet.
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Till next time, I'm Leo Notenboom, for askleo.info.
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