A public beta for an all-new user interface for Steam, Valve's digital distribution program, is now available to all users through the beta opt-in setting inside of Steam. If you have Steam installed, click here to opt-in.
In the press release, John Cook, director of Steam development, released the following statement:
We made hundreds of changes to the Steam client as a result of customer feedback on the interface, performance, and functionality. For example, we swapped out the Internet Explorer rendering engine with WebKit, which gives us a bunch of size, stability and performance benefits. This release of Steam leaves us well prepared for another year of strong growth.
A full rundown of the new features in this beta can be found at the Steam website.
ahh, so perhaps this is what caused everyone to lose their friends lists earlier.
Oddly enough, they're unrelated.