On the downside, this simplicity can force one into a box, I noticed this same Google characteristic when I started using Picasa over a host of similar programs. One trades speed and simplicity for the ability to customize at will. Over time I am sure we will see an accretion of plug-ins and add-ons and widgets, but for now the interface is really sparse. I will be interested to see how this interface will change my browsing habits, as the navigation bar serves the function of multiple websites/IE features I had used previously (type in "monkey" for example and you get the option for a google search, the wikipedia entry, instances of monkey in your browsing history, and what appear to be frequently visited instances of monkey). Additionally, the placement of linked images of my nine most recently visited websites may toy with my browsing somewhat. At the very least, it is a graphic rss for what I use the most frequently.
And as one who uses the internet continually for academic reference, I think this feature could cut down on a lot of time it usually takes me in searching for items that I hadn't realized were important eight searches ago. Paired with google scholar, this is a very slick tool. Using it for netbible/nestle aland/perseus searches makes it even better.
But I am not involved with IT so I look forward to the opinions of those who are...
Edited by MLeary, 03 September 2008 - 09:41 AM.