Too many clicks
The old manage portal certainly gives you faster and more tuned access to data in less clicks. The new "portal.azure.com portal in preview is very click intensive. It may work great on a touch device where you just keep popping up new windows to scroll to to see more data, but the old portal provides more data faster with less clicks and allows just as much organization. Just in a tabbed like view instead of a click for pop up style as in the new version.
Before all related data is very close together in a tab, now it's kinda in a box, that has boxes you can click to see other boxes. It's pretty, and fancy, but I don't think it's as productive.
Only time will tell though. But consider vertical scrolling in the horizontally popping up boxes. More room for related data, less pop up (or out?) windows.
With the latest navigation improvements, we’ve dropped the click count in a few places and most actions can be completed in the same number of clicks as the old portal. We still have a lot of plans to improve navigation, but we’ll give you these votes back for now. If there are specific areas you’d like to see us focus on, let us know!
To add to it - the clicks are unpredictable because of lazy loading. Right when I'm about to click on something, the scroll position changes because something extra finally loaded.
Colin Farr commented
I don't dislike the interface but it is pretty groundbreaking which is cool but also a bad thing for people who just want to drop into the new interface. Still - people will learn.
One of the things I can't find anywhere are my webjobs. I found the web app but not its associated jobs
I'm only using it for a lab enviornment currently and its painful, I'd hate to have to manage 100's of VMS in it. The Pining to the start menu would be ok for a smaller number but the other problem is that the tiles don't update as resources are removed (they show deleted vms, websites)
Nathan Smith commented
I echo this along with my "Make it not Suck" suggestion. Surely you have click and gaze tracking data available for the portal. There's no way it doesn't say "HOLY !@#)(!@# THIS IS TOO COMPLICATED". That said, I enjoy spending hours in a click vortex - helluva way to rack up billable hours (joking, of course).
Pl make the UI simpler like windows
Ben Randall commented
In general, I feel that after I've got my services configured and running I don't have much need to access the azure portal at all, so having stuff pinned to my Startboard just hasn't been helpful.
It's only when I'm creating new things that I'm constantly coming back to the portal and this portal doesn't make that nice.
To start with, a tab / tile on the start page which lists all your currently running services (incl. deep link) would be great. I am for example struggling to find my existing mobile services and already unsuccessfully spent half an hour trying to find out where they might be listed.
for instance, in current portal it takes about 4 clicks to create a VM, in this "improved" portal it takes at least 4 times that.
I also agree with this, it's not very productive with all those clicks.
Leon Zandman commented
For instance when creating a new VM you have to select an instance type (pricing tier). This opens a pane with a few recommended tiers. If you don't want one of the recommended tiers you have to select "Browse all pricing tiers". This opens yet another pane that lists all tiers. There you have to select the tier you want and press "Select" button. This then selects the tier in the previous pane. Again you have to press "Select" before you go back the the first pane. This all could have been solved by a simple combobox. I'm a pro, I know which tier I want. So why have this wizard-like approach?