Facebook Classic view will be retired in September

If you were used to the old Facebook design, we have bad news for you. Facebook’s classic desktop view with the iconic blue menu bar will no longer be available from September 2020.

In 2019, Facebook introduced a new desktop interface that is more based on the look of the service’s mobile apps. So far, however, the use of the new interface has not been mandatory. If you wanted, you could switch back to the classic view at any time via the menu.

As reported by Engadget, this can be verified on the Facebook support page, which specifies that we will soon have the new design on a mandatory basis.

The new optional design was announced last year at Facebook’s developer conference F8 and rolled out earlier this year. The new design has a clear focus — cleanliness as well as accessibility.

Ultimately, it was foreseeable that Facebook would switch off the classic view at some point. In the long term, maintaining two entirely different interfaces means additional development effort, since every new feature must also work in both versions of the page.

Anu Thomas John
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