The Ubuntu with the messaging menu style for launch has been quite a story. Recall that the messaging menu is the menu messaging application updates reports on email and social networks, and allows changing the status in chat, this last feature added to this menu after it was merged with the user menu showing the name that had been assigned to the administrator of the computer.
Canonical had intentions to renew the messaging menu style for Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal. The design was really ugly and had nothing to do with the style that can be seen elsewhere in the operating system. But early results eventually convince the community, and to be honest I do not think they were wrong.
The first image below shows the style of these icons, and as showed by the mail icon on the top panel. The design of the forms received some tweaks, but still very few convincing.
This time it seems that Canonical has decided to follow the first impressions of your community and stop these experiments, so Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal messaging menu will work exactly as in Ubuntu 12.04, although it has benefited from the work of those who have designed icons that will form the inside of the menu.
I think it’s completely unnecessary functionality and do not know why it was decided to work on it. People who use chat to communicate are fewer, and the availability states appear to have declined over the years. I remember a few years ago it was normal for a chat client include states “be right back”, “away”, “unavailable”, “out to lunch” and today the majority is reduced to an “On/Off” and what most include a “busy”.
What is your impression on the design of the icons and the decision to dismiss them for Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal?