New Google Analytics and MSN Hotmail

Google came out with a new reporting interface for Analytics. Looks ugly. Below are the new features, which I have yet to try because... it keeps crashing my browser! Thank goodness Firefox does "Restore Session."
  • Email and export reports: Schedule or send ad-hoc personalized report emails and export reports in PDF format.
  • Custom Dashboard: No more digging through reports. Put all the information you need on a custom dashboard that you can email to others.
  • Trend and Over-time Graph: Compare time periods and select date ranges without losing sight of long term trends.
  • Contextual help tips: Context sensitive Help and Conversion University tips are available from every report.

Yes, we can keep using the old version of the interface. Sort of like being able to use Old Blogger until they can sort out New Blogger. But unlike New Blogger, the new Analytics interface remains in beta, appropriately. (Update: old version will be available for just a month.)

MSN Hotmail also came out with a new Windows Live interface for email. Tried it a couple of hours, but it was so unwieldy. Looks like Microsoft Outlook. Decided to revert to the old version, even though I hadn't been happy with that either. After declaring I was going to revert, they had me answer questions. One was, "What can we do, yada, yada..." Before I knew what I was doing, I had typed: Have Google run it. Because really, for the most part, Gmail has been a class act.

My only complaint with Gmail is that there's a glitch that inserts unrelated email into an existing conversation with another person, and there's no mechanism for removing certain emails from a conversation. So I have a conversation in my Inbox that includes the interwoven emails of two unrelated people: a middle-aged woman in Iowa and a man from South Asia. It's confusing, and I'm afraid that my replies might accidentally get sent to the wrong person.

Anyway, back to Windows Live Hotmail. They kept asking page after page of questions, until finally it occurred to me: What is my incentive for spending precious minutes answering Bill Gates's questions??? Nada. So I left the page.