[OT] "They Criticized Vista. And They Should Know."

Chipp Walters chipp at chipp.com
Wed Mar 12 23:24:48 EDT 2008

IMO, one of the most interesting parts of the new Office interface, is it's
complete disdain for the past. In fact, ask any user of pre-2007 Office how
to simply Open or Print a document, and they're confounded. The old "File,
Edit, ..." menu structure is just GONE. Completely. Replaced by a round
bubble with 1970 pop graphics on it, which doesn't even look like a button.
By my calculation, they saved around 70 pixels in the menu area. Love to
been a fly on the wall in THAT meeting!

Of course both Apple and MS are guilty of writing a set standard of GUI
interface guidelines, then completely ignoring them. IMO, that's really

On Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 9:17 PM, Lynn Fredricks <
lfredricks at proactive-intl.com> wrote:

> Its funny Chipp, but I got my first, first hand look at this at CES 2007
> and
> that is really what struck me the most.
> At the time was thinking about huge corporations that have settled in on
> using Office, or various government agencies. Even fairly mild updates,
> like
> Office 97->2000, there's a lot of training that usually takes place to get
> everyone up to speed. But then there's this ribbon thing. What additional
> value is anyone going to get from this to justify the cost of all that
> training?

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