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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Ribbon just a rehash of another idea
by Paradroid on Tue 16th Feb 2010 15:43 UTC
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I've alway been mystified by the office ribbon. It's like another UI pattern but different, and worse in a few ways.

The other pattern I'm taking about is the vertically stacked tool palette with expandable and collapsable sections. This was used by Lotus extensively and also was used in Mac Office 2004 I think.

The big advantage of this system is that multiple areas can be open at the same time, and the layout is better for landscape monitors.

The big problem with the ribbon is when two sections are valid for the context (i.e. when editing text inside a table) it tries to guess the right one but cannot be sure and usually gets it wrong.

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