Google Groups Beta 2006 Gets Mixed Reviews

Google announced a new Google Groups Beta with a new design, added features and some shared features from other Google properties. In short, Google Groups has a new design, added Google Page like features, more customization abilities, file upload and sharing capabilities, member profile pages, Gmail-like "message cards for discussions" and more. Nathan Weinberg calls this a "step backwards" for Google Groups. As Nathan notes, Philipp Lenssen says there is too much confusion and inconsistency felt in the new design. Garett Rogers calls this upgrade an "better overall experience" for the Google Groups user. Finally, News.com reports that it is an overall positive outcome for Groups. I personally rarely use this Google product, so I have no preference.