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The new Battle.net is almost upon us! The long time beta is coming to a close and going live for certain NA regions now, with a full release coming in the next weeks as well. Check out the official post:

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We’re getting ready to roll out the biggest front-end upgrade to Battle.net in years.

Battle.net has been a huge part of our history going back to the release of the original Diablo in 1996. We’re proud of how it’s helped people connect and play Blizzard games together quickly and easily. With the latest release, we want to welcome players of all ability levels and make sure they have a smooth time navigating the app. 

Those of you who’ve been participating in the beta are already familiar with these updates. For everyone else, you’ll see some major changes when your client’s patched from the live version of Battle.net to the new version:

  • Improved navigation and layout—you can now favorite your games and arrange them for ease of access
  • A much more expansive layout for news and game content in full-page view
  • A revamped social pane so you can better see your friends and what they’re up to on each game tab 
  • Major accessibility improvements—we’ve added the ability to navigate most of the app with your keyboard, increased our screen reader support, and improved the color contrast
  • A new, consolidated notifications hub for messages and download status
     

The new patch will go out to parts of North America first so that we can ensure its stability. We’ll roll it out further in the weeks ahead, including to other player regions. 

This is just the beginning of new features coming to Battle.net; we’ll keep iterating, improving, and adding to the app over time. We’d love to hear your feedback once you’ve spent some time with the new app, and you can share your thoughts on the forums.

Go play some games and have fun! 

- The Battle.net Team

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Personally i like it.

by the way nice too see that Arthas and Muradin became Friends again and adventure thorgast together 🙂

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Just when I'd gotten used to the last one.

Not keen on the news part -- more generic and boring than the current one, which is also filled with generic and boring stuff but hey, is at least streamlined and minimalistic in design.

Improvements to the friends page is a godsend though. Having it on a separate page was always a poor idea.

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Don't like having main page littered with news, at least ability to hide Call of Duty games is nice. Would like the same option for news though.

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like most here, it is overwhelming to me with lots of crap that honestly should be hide-able. I only play one blizzard game and that is WOW.  All that other stuff needs to go bye bye,  Still doesn't fix my biggest problem. I am suppose to be on, but none of my friends ever see me since SL went live.  GM's say they have no idea and to submit a bug report. Done that not once, not twice, but a whole lotta times.  I will probably go back to skipping the launcher too.  Oh well, someone must like this.  Still waiting for "fins" to appear on cars to make my life complete with going backwards and calling it new. 

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I feel like it's gotten worse with bloat over the years, unfortunately.

Instead of all that news taking up all the real estate in the middle, I would like a drag and drop customizable center.

For instance, if I enter a voice chat with my friend, it would be nice if that voice chat window could be in the center of the launcher, or part of that same window at least, rather than opening a 2nd window, which it currently does.

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This is why I bypass the blizzard launcher all together. Few use the built in Chat as there are better options and it is never accurate as top who is on line anyway.

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