I don't like the messaging system either. I tried it once and realized that hitting enter would send the message (which meant my message simply consisted of "Hi _____"). I immediately switched to the older version.
I like the older system better and I hope they keep it around.
The enter key to send a message can be problematic for those who are not aware of its functionality. You may have noticed that this function is now an option. You can chose to set "enter" to send a message as On or Off. If you want to change your selection you can click on the gear icon in the text box to change the setting.
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