I think the new design sucks. I read each issue. I always reviewed the 'In this Issue' topics, and clicked through in for many topics. The wasted space on each email, forcing the user to scroll forever is a complete waste. I doubt I will continue receiving the email because I found value in the email beyond the editorial. To put the 'featured content' below the editorial, which were often repeated anyway, is a HUGE mistake.
If you want to follow MS, then fine, but would you follow them off the cliff as well? As a company, MS rarely leads. You produce one email, MS produces hundreds for all of their products, so conforming to a tight format makes sense because everyone can use the same format.
I think the new format sucks and devalues the SQLServerCentral.com experience.