So what is new? Application Categories are finally gone and gone for good! Other than this we have a new App Launcher on the bottom of dash. Enjoy!
Before you start grumbling (some people will definitely get unhappy about it) think that categories are obsoleted from every modern user interface system, and there are plenty of reasons for this. First off, you cannot categorize perfectly, secondly many Apps can belong to two or more categories and that brakes the consistency of the system and third and more important, systems nowdays are getting quite smart to understand what are you looking for using metadata and searching optimized algorithms like zeitgeist.
You are still not convinced? Think that even on the more complex interface systems like Amazon most of the users don’t use categories instead they just type on search box.
While this design idea had proposed a long time ago, it just now arrives on Shell and this is fantastic because the modern becomes moderner (and the unusable becomes unusabler for some people!) and also is the first major change on Shell after 1.5 years.
That’s all for now.
*This is still a mockup and hasn’t yet merged on gnome-shell, so there might be changes.