g1smd - 7:56 pm on Oct 18, 2011 (gmt 0)
This lot comes as a directive direct from Page to "clear the decks and concentrate on doing less things better, not more things badly"... or words to that effect. The initial announcments came soon after his most recent job change. Another part of the cleanup is to standardise the look and feel of all Google properties, not have a myriad of different schemes. I guess the recent WMT upgrade was just one part of that.