Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd Mar 2006 21:44 UTC
Microsoft While Microsoft faces a host of challenges in maintaining its market share numbers and persuading customers to upgrade to its 2007 Office System suite of products when released in the second half of this year, its competitors face an equally daunting task of winning users away from Office 2007 and growing their numbers. Heading the list of challenges facing Microsoft is the fact that Office 2007 has a new user interface, which could require extensive staff retraining at a significant cost, as well as a new file format, which has the potential to create compatibility issues.
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by prokoudine on Sun 5th Mar 2006 19:12 UTC
prokoudine
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2005-08-09

"The new user interface... will slow up adoption significantly,"??

I'm beta tester since December 2005 and all I can say is that it looks like somebody in MS headquarter decided to screw workflow. As avid MS Word user I have setup toolbars exactly the way I want them - the top one for most often used commands that I don't want to access via hotkeys and the bootom one for macros.

In MS Word 2007 I have to switch between tabs all the time just to reach buttons I need. And I even have to switch to a special tab where my macros are. This plain sucks.

And not all of MS Office family applications share this new look as of now. This is quite confusing, but well... I can live with that.

Of course, there are some nice improvements over MS Office 2003. Some of them were definitely adopted from OpenOffice.org ;)

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