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Welcome the New DownloadSquad to Switched!

Download Squad redesign
We've been hard at work over the past few months, and today we're thrilled to announce that Download Squad is now part of Switched and getting a brand new redesign. If you're new to DownloadSquad (DLS), it's AOL Tech's source for apps, software and Web news.

Over at the new site, you'll first notice a full visual refresh that fits within the Switched style and finally gives the team a way to highlight the most important news and in-depth coverage at any moment. Plus, you'll see a new URL: downloadsquad.switched.com. Don't worry, all of your favorite DLS links will redirect without a problem. Don't worry, the DLS team is still here in full force, and they'll be bringing you the same high quality software coverage as before. Obviously, the Web, mobile apps and desktop operating systems have all seen radical changes since the last DLS redesign, and you'll see improved navigation across the site for browsing by operating system. It's easier than ever to find coverage on everything from iOS news and Android apps to Linux updates and BlackBerry tips.

Not everyone's got the Mozilla F1 or toolbar full of sharing tools installed, so you'll find a revised Share & Discuss module for sharing posts via e-mail and major social networks. We've also got brand new sourcing tools, cleaner commenting, redesigned video and gallery experiences, site-wide calendar-based archives and several new sidebar modules highlighting the best DLS has to offer. Again, we're excited to now have DLS as part of the Switched team. We've got tons of new additions planned for the coming months, and we're excited about ramping up mobile and Web coverage, video and in-depth features.

I can't thank everyone involved with this project enough; there's no way we'd be relaunching a redesign this evening without the hard work and support of Brad Hill, Josh Fruhlinger, Victor Agreda, Justin Glow, Richard Garner, Brett Terpstra and Erik Sagen. And, of course, we couldn't do it without you, our readers. We hope you're just as excited about the new site as we are, and are looking forward to any comments and suggestions you've got for making the site even better.

Our engineer and design friends at AOL will be tweaking and tinkering the site over the next week to get everything perfect, so bear with us during the redesign. Please let us know, though, if you see anything that's broken!

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