Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Feb 2010 22:06 UTC
Microsoft "Microsoft on Thursday detailed some of the new features in its forthcoming Office for Mac 2011 suite, including co-authoring tools, Web apps, and a redesigned ribbon interface more consistent with its Windows counterpart. Microsoft is a part of Macworld 2010 expo in San Francisco this week, and has used the event to divulge details on its forthcoming update to Office for Mac, expected to arrive later this year."
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Exactly my first reaction on the screenshot. That's a horrible use of horizontal real estate! Why not give the option to switch interfaces as needed, and keep things to a minimum.

True - the main reason for bringing it to the Mac was to make easy transitions between Office for Mac and Office for Windows - with end users at home who have a Mac and then go to work and do their thing. It makes little sense keeping the old model - if they are going to move to the ribbon interface then they should do it whole sale instead of this half baked compromised version.

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