Check out how large and easy to find the "Compose Mail" button is. It used to hide amid the links in the left-hand column, and despite being a Gmail user for years, I sometimes struggled to find exactly where it was located. Yes, holding down shift + c opens a new window in which to compose mail. I love the new button. I love its placement, and I love the ease in which I can find it and use it. Thank you, Google, for making this geek girl's day.