Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 3rd Apr 2011 11:06 UTC, submitted by Debjit
Windows Yes, the Windows 8 rumour mill is really spinning up now. This time around though, they're not really rumours, since the information is coming from Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott, long-time Microsoft enthusiasts with loads of insider access. They've got a bunch of screenshots showing a work in progress of... A ribbon in Explorer. And yes, it looks just as bad as it sounds.
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Wrong Ugly and Counterintuitave
by kaelodest on Mon 4th Apr 2011 13:33 UTC
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Let's call it by the numbers. Wrong, is wrong wrong in concept, and design can only be wrong in implementation. Our screens are generally wider than they are tall, that battle is long done. In places where the screen is taller then wide (i.e. phones) giving up that much space to a "ribbon" is even worse. With all sorts of context switching, and mode switching and duplicated functionality. I cannot prove that the ribbon is 'always' worse first because I am subjective in this POV and, also important because if I have to do a product in the "Office" Standard then I will do it in text first and copy\paste into office.
Second-Ugly, ugly and U-G-L-Y without an alibi. I heard that Redmond is now taking it's design and feature cues from the Office team. Again it is as though designers at The Office team thought I needed More glitter and clutter just so I can get at features that I *might* need, sometimes. I can say the icons look pretty, however if you do not know that it is an icon, or worse than that if users are afraid to click on an icon in the tool bar because it is intimidating\might make a change that you do not understand then that Icon is Ugly.
Counterintuitive If this is what more features are for, if this is the future of computing - The Office Way, then evolution is flowing in the wrong direction. I suspect that people want more access to their data not more access to their tool bar. I suspect that people want quality software that feels good to use and is more like a tool and less like a task. An appendix is vestigial why would I want an app that grows more vestigial organs every major release. Has writing gotten that much more complex since 1995?

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