Well, in order to try and simplify the message, I wanted to pull together some answers and get them out into the community to help. So here it goes:
Did you upgrade the JC?
No, the changes made are simply a Theme update. The product is still 5.0.2.x
Why did this change?
For some time now, this has been on our road map, even prior to me joining Jive, and in a way it was just time, and the right time at that!
We wanted to simplify things, clean things up, and reclaim some of our vertical spacing (all of which has been feedback from Jive customers and employees)
Will this be included in the next release of Jive 5.x? or 6.x even?
The new userbar look and feel (using words, and not icons) has been derived after many discussions with you (our customers).
While not identical, strong similarities exist between this theme, and the new user bar in Jive 6 (see: http://jiveon.com for more details)
We do not have any plans to incorporate this as the new standard UI in 5.0.x updates
Is that really Urkel on Dancing with the Stars?
*snort *snort *snort hehehehehehe yeah! =)
The one question that isn't asked enough (IMO) is the most important one:
Who is responsible for this awesome new theme?
The answer to that one, is Jive's own Amber Orenstein from Professional Services! So if you like what you see, and want to say thanks. I strongly recommend @mentioning her! She was the driving force behind turning this request into a reality. rockstar
One additional question has been asked:
Will the source code for this new theme be shared publicly in the JC?
We are currently asking around to find out this answer. Stay tuned!