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by Marc O'Brien
The Commons team has released Commons 2.5 today. This is a significant release for a number of reasons, including some significant U/X improvements. We also added Question & Answer functionality which is very important for both internal and external communities. There was a significant U/X focus on this release with usability testing being very helpful. This was very informative and initiated a change in login/landing on the Activity Stream to a site landing page. This was validated in the usability testing, discussions with users and a survey of successful community sites. Here is a screenshot, you will now see your groups sorted by activity date (formerly alphabetical), who's online, your posts & bookmarks along with featured content on the landing page.
The Groups page was also redesigned with the removal of the box tabs with designed pills. We also have filters for content types that streamlines the finding and creation of content. The compare and contrast images are impressive. The design folks did a nice job!
Once again, this release is now active on Commons.Acquia.com. It is important for us to continue to get feedback and validation as we aggressively look to improve Commons!