Looking forward to new capabilities, currently getting used to the new layout.
Somehow the thread titles seem harder to scan - different font? Too strongly-drawn dividing lines between rows? Is the author's name bigger or in a different position now?
The scrolling-newsprint animated icons in the left column are *very* distracting. For those who share my tastes and are impatient, here's how to block all animated gifs in Firefox:
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Firefox_:_Tip ... ted_Images
If you want to block some animations but not all, get the AdBlock plug-in and treat the animated icons as an ad. (Not compatible with my current Firefox version, sadly. Why can't browsers build this in??)