Preview the new Google Groups

December 7, 2010

Millions of people around the world use Google Groups to power discussions with the groups and communities they care about. We have been working hard to improve this experience, and today we are happy to announce a sneak preview of the brand new Google Groups.

The new Google Groups lets you quickly find and browse the content you care about. Your favorite groups are always available in the navigation bar on the left. Using keyboard shortcuts, you can speed through discussions to get to the ones that interest you most. (Tip: Hit “?” to see a list of shortcuts.)

Now you can also create rich, expressive posts using the revamped composer. If you choose, you can share more about who you are by linking your Google profile with a group, too. Finally, you’ll be able to stay in the loop even when you’re on the move, with our new mobile browser experience.

Over the next week, when you sign in to Google Groups, you’ll see a link to preview the new Google Groups. Once there, you can make it your default view (and you can switch back to the old version if you ever need it).

We’re excited about sharing these improvements with you, but this is just a start; we’re working on improved spam controls, moderation, search, and other features to make Google Groups the best way to engage in discussions. We also want to hear your thoughts, ideas, and any issues you encounter, so please contribute to our Product Ideas page.

Posted by Rich Feit, Software Engineer