I think the plan will be 1) deploy the new index/system across all data centers 2) begin pulling in more data (i.e. newer backlinks, pages, and spam updates) 3) once new data is into the system, begin pulling in new algorithms that have been waiting in the wings I believe the current status is that we're around step 1.5 or thereabouts; something like 7 or so data centers have the new index/system. I expect the current pace of switching data centers to continue about as it has been. I would expect step two to occur over roughly the same timeframe as a typical index cycle (thus the "more than weeks, less than months" comment). Step 3 is longer-term and ongoing, but I'm really excited about what we'll be able to do to improve quality across the board.
I must be the dumbest one in here...OK, it's helpful that we now *know* that this will go on for another month.
And certainly, Google has enough credibility that if GG says the SERP's will be better than ever, soon, then that is reassuring to a point.
In the meantime however, as many Webmasters appear to be twisting in the wind (how's it going today, rfgdxm1?), I'm still left wondering at what appear to be basic inconsistencies:
>> GG keeps saying in effect "be patient, be patient" things will soon be great...But then at other times, implies that Google is already happy with -fi etc results as is.
>> Many of us are waiting to file SPAM reports because GG says everything will change, but then GG wonders why few are filing reports yet.
So which is it? Does Google think the SERP's in -fi etc. are of a high quality? Or, does Google think they are a work in progress *that needs a lot of work.* Or, are they a *quality work in progress* that still needs some work. Or...?