Get rid of the "entertainment" look/feel ... go for an intuitive/compact "WORK" environment.
Get rid of the "entertainment" look/feel ... go for an intuitive/compact "WORK" environment so I can get the job done and move on.
My website is not an Xbox. If you treat me like a gamer, I'm not going to use Azure and I'm going to continue using competing services.
Objective C# commented
Kill it. It should not be CODEZ, LOLZ, SCROLLZ.
Every time I come back to Azure to try it again, it is more of a mess. I just want an intuitive interface that lets me learn and gain confidence.
I'm all for exciting design AND functionality but this is a bit distracting with the "map" panel in the middle. I begin navigation of the left edge but then have to jump over the middle panel to resume navigation on the right edge - doesn't make sense!
Love the new portal -- great to the point navigation.
Vesselin Obreshkov commented
I have to agree with most people the new preview portal although pretty and shiny it is also extremely confusing. I gave it a try several times but each time I get completely lost and frustrated and immediately jump back to the old portal. What we have now looks good enough and works good. This new preview does not work good and that is more important than how it looks.
I can't point at one single issue with the new portal as the whole idea is extremely confusing and is flawed at the very core in my opinion. I will not be using it if I have the choice to keep the current portal as the default.
This is like the Windows 8 debacle all over again. You'd think they'd learn. Let's hope that this time they listen to the bad feedback.
Jesse Y commented
I'd have to echo the comments from Roger and Mike below. I finally got around to trying the new portal out on the weekend, when not frustrated and stressed at work. Unfortunately, I'm now frustrated on the weekend after navigating around the 'puzzle' that is this new interface.
As Roger says, the dynamicness of the blade concept is sub-optimal, and as more of the old portal functionality gets added I can see that getting even worse. The old portal wasn't great either (too many icons down the side became a mess) but at least it allowed quicker navigation between desperate entities than this design seems to allow. Yes, this includes 'Journeys' -- a shared Azure account will become horrible here as each person will journey though this puzzle in their own way, wrecking havoc on whatever was there before etc.
I do look forward to what the new portal will offer once all the old functionality is present but the connections between various assets really needs some more thought. I need to be able to work with (not just view) PaaS, IaaS, and Vnet assets together in some form as well as Storage (mostly blobs).
Mike Schellenberger commented
I know its typical to not like 'change' so I give it some to get used to. After a few hours of messing around I can say the more I use it the LESS I like it.
While the dashboard part seems to be ok, who in their right mind said we could be productive with the rest of this puzzle.
Roger B commented
@Someone-blah-blah: Right now the portal is not functional and there's a real chance that the current layout/design tends toward a workflow that is also not functional. I'm not finding much to 'like' right now. What exactly do you like about it?
Do you like blades appearing and disappearing as you select through them? Do you like things like creating vnets and service-bus hidden deep under some "Gallery" page and then under Virtual machines? Do you like the horizontal layout when using a mouse or the fact that your 'start' page with all your pins usually disappears as it scrolls off to the right?
Currently the design is not conducive to actually accomplishing your job in an elegant and non-frustrating way. It has the needs of dashboard-consumer types (who don't do real work and browse on their tablet all day) and the needs of developers-producer types (who do real work) all mixed in somehow here.
There was another suggestion to create customizable / named views so maybe that would help. It also might help to pin upward some of the deeply nested items you always want so you don't go through the Gallery store front.
***** THAT - Why can't the UI be entertaining and functional. I REALLY REALLY like it. Don't take it away. If you must pander to these anons at least make it an option so those of us who think the Cisco web site is boring and bland can keep all this design WIN!