I have been using Gmail every since it first went public. I’ve always liked it for its simplicity, reliability and performance. When I read that the Gmail team had done some work to make their product even faster, I could not wait to get my hands on the new version. This morning, I was finally able to try it out and I was extremely disappointed. Firefox kept crashing, locking up, and the overall performance went down dramatically (in spite of disabling Firebug and turning the chat feature off.) I have read many such reports on other blogs, so I am wondering what the QA procedure is at Google. Maybe it’s time to put the “beta” back in Gmail, or roll back the previous version…
In the meantime, I’ll switch back to the good old Yahoo! Mail.
Update: Gmail is still in beta. For some reason, I thought they had passed that stage. My apologies for the misinformation.
Update: The Gmail developers kept a link to the older version (look at the links located at the top right of the page) Very wise decision indeed.