How many websites do you go to where all links open in a new window? How annoying is that?
Not many enough. Usually I do not wish to leave a page, while clicking a new external
link. Hitting "back" is annoying, especially if I have problems with finding where I was and go on with my reading.
It's much easier to close newly opened panel, than go back and search the sentence I was reading, where I clicked a link.
Luckily there's always middle button
but I still don't like the new solution.