Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Jul 2012 22:24 UTC
Features, Office Microsoft has released a consumer preview for Office 2013. Highlighting the age-old internal tug-of-war between the Office and Windows divisions within Microsoft, it's just a desktop application, no Metro, and the only nod to that whole touch/tablet-thing is a special mode that does very little. So, Windows 8 is just around the corner, and still not a single serious Metro application. Not even Microsoft's own flagship suite - heck, not even a single application within that suite - could be adapted to Metro in time. Serious vote of confidence from the Office division there.
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by galvanash on Tue 17th Jul 2012 00:10 UTC
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I don't much care about the metro/desktop distinction. But I really don't care for the look of it. It seems to me they have gone way overboard with removing all the contrast...

Everything is pure white - the ribbon, the menu, even the column labels in excel are white... everything. It overwhelms you with its lack of contrast.

I feel like they have boxed themselves in with the "dark colors for contrast" thing - it looks great with white controls when the object of the app is a picture, video, or some other thing with a dark background, but for Word and Excel? I don't know - it just feels wrong to me. Can we at least have a grey background on the ribbon to make it stand out a bit? That and as bright as LCDs are nowadays this is going to give people serious eye fatigue without doing some monitor adjustments...

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