No, this isn't a Microsoft bashing post. Why should you read the Title and think that?
I'm prompted to write about this because I came across all three different UI "improvements" today and even though I've been annoyed by two of them for weeks, the third one turned up today when I was using Feedly to update the SPF 2013 and WSSv4 sites with some new Article links.
They've "improved" the UI so that I now need several extra clicks to achieve the same thing.
Before there were two steps
1. Open an RSS feed and
2. click on the title of an article suitable for one of the SP "FAQ" sites
That gave me the article in its own tab in its original form with the original URL and the look of it on its parent web site.
Now the process is
1. Open an RSS feed
2. Click on the article's title (as above)
3. Click on the article's title again (this gives a "preview")
4. Click on a link to get this in its own tab (which now finally gives me the original URL that I need)
Two clicks extra and yet that's not all because now I need (as before) to close that extra tab but also to close both the preview inbedded "tab" and the inbedded "tab" I got after step 2 above.
So in all four extra clicks - and for nothing!
[Just to confuse even more, sometimes the click at step 3 gives the original article (and URL), but why and when, who knows.]
Moving on from Feedly to a similar case of extra clicks, this time on a Windows Phone app (don't worry, it's still not Microsoft).
This app - Caledos Runner - is used when I'm out walking to get my "sporting" activities onto RunKeeper. It's a free app so I can't complain that they keep wanting you to buy add-on products, but I see no reason when they have made its main use so complicated and yet have done nothing to solve the main annoyance up till the new UI.
When you go out for a walk you used to be able to click on Start and it would (mostly quickly, sometimes never) find exactly where you were (starting always at the Congo in the middle of Africa for some reason and zooming in) and then countdown from 10 seconds (= my previous annoyance that you couldn't reduce this time in settings) before starting to record your walk (time - speed etc.- +map).
Now in the "improved" UI your first problem is to find the start (activity) button in a start page with about 8 other things on it. However click that and you find yourself now at a second screen where you again have to click Start. Now you get to a third screen where AGAIN you have to click Start before it moves to the identifying where you are phase that works (or not) exactly as before.
At the end, too, there's at least one extra Save click needed before it'll save your walk details.
Finally a Finnish bank site. They created a more modern-looking set of web pages for their investment funds.
In order to check once a week what the list price of my 3 funds were I used to go to a single page (URL saved of course) and all three funds were listed along with their latest value to 8 figures of decimals. (In funds, decimals matter!)
Now a URL will only get you to an Investments page. There you have to click on Funds and then you'll get all the funds listed but only to two decimals (and if there are A and B fond types, only the B fund type).
To get to the eight decimal version (and the price of the A type) you need to click on the individual fund and zoom down the page to the bottom where you'll finally find the 8 decimal versions of both the A and B types.
Then you would think going backwards in the browser would get you back to the list of Funds and you could select the next one. But in fact going backwards in the browser takes you back to the Investments page and you have to again click on Funds to get the list of funds ....
Do these developers actually use their own products?