Have you noticed how your Chrome browser “settings” have just been “upgraded” or worse, “improved”? I noticed last week – when I spent a few minutes looking for the settings I have to play with periodically. You can tell when the engineers have taken over the head office when, after such an “improvement” has been approved and released, the user find out that it now takes more “clicks” to complete a given task than it did before.
Clicking on a line of text, even right-clicking using a context sensitive interaction, is fare more self-evident than having to find a separate control that now has to be engaged with directly.
Once marketing gets back in control, we can assume simplification. But until that time, we have to watch out for over engineered simplicity.
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