As promised, the login screen has received an overhaul to more closely match the Gnome desktop theme. Looks great.
Once you get into the desktop, things look about the same as Fedora 15. A few differences: you aren't available for chat by default (a welcome change for me.) And as always, a new default wallpaper specific to this version of Fedora:
In general, there aren't a lot of big changes from the previous Fedora. But we knew that. Applications are moved up to the latest releases (at the time Fedora 16 was assembled.) Firefox 7, Gnome 3.2, and so on.
Per my previous post, I was really excited to experiment with the integration with social contacts, and the support for online accounts. So once I was on the new version of Fedora, I played with that right away.
If you click on your name, in the upper-right corner, you now have access to online accounts:
As you can see, there's support for email, calendar, contacts, chat, and documents.
This means that you can now use Google as your default chat client. Clicking on my name again, I could go online with chat - with Gnome using Google Talk. In Evolution (Gnome's default email and calendar program) I could send and receive messages via my Gmail account, and update my Google Calendar. All through the native Evolution program. I haven't tried the "documents" integration yet.
This would be great if I actually used Evolution. But I don't. I prefer to stay in Google's web client for everything. So this desktop interaction, while cool, probably won't do much for me.
But if you're a desktop user who prefers Evolution to do your email and such, this will be a huge win. You can now do everything with one click. If you use Thunderbird for your Gmail, you may consider switching to Evolution, for this feature alone.
For those who wonder "what updates are already pushed out", there aren't that many updates for Fedora 16, which I suppose is a good indicator of its stability at release. My update was 55MB, and took only a few minutes while I did other things.