Viewer 2 One Year Later

Today marks one year on since Linden Lab launched the new Viewer 2 Public Beta to the SL community to try out. Viewer 2 public beta page was released to the public on 23rd, February 2010, around 9:45am PST, which is 5:45pm UK time. T Linden hosted his keynotes speech at SL Pro 2010 and then Viewer 2 was shortly released soon after that. I published my review of Viewer 2 on launch day which can be found here which includes screenshots of Viewer 2. Screenshot below of version 2.5.

Since the launch of Viewer 2 there has been tons of mixed opinions about display names, web-based profiles, inworld search, the user-interface, privacy controls etc in the past year. Viewer 2 does come with improvements that Viewer 1 didn’t have like Mesh, HTML on a prim, easier SLURL navigation, landmarks bar, favourite places on Login screen, performance increases and lot’s more.

There are inworld weekly meetings with the Snowstorm Team every Tuesday and Wednesday about the developments, design and coding of Viewer 2 which are useful if you like following the latest updates. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens between now and the 2nd anniversary of Viewer 2 if it reaches that milestone and look back on the developments of V2. I would imagine that sometime during 2011 Linden Lab will turn off Viewer 1.23 completely.

Today on Viewer 2.5 there are still residents that use Viewer 2 but many have chosen to switch to Third Party Viewers in the past year and they will remain on TPVs until something different comes along in the near future.

What are your opinions one year later on Viewer 2 ?