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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Eh... I actually like the ribbon, and think it does a surprisingly good job at replacing the basic menus and toolbars while being more functional and not taking such an obscene amount of space that a lot of people including you seem to like to imply. That's more than I can say about that joke that Microsoft and the other Web browser companies pulled off in IE/Firefox/Opera by just trying to shove all the menus under one button. Oh well--at least in Firefox and Opera, it's still optional.

And it's a hell of a lot better than any other UI design Microsoft has come up with in years... remove the Start menu? Nope. New Windows 7 taskbar/pinning and Aero snap? Well, okay, those are decent, but still no. Metro? Oh my god, fuck no... put me in front of that atrocity again and I'm likely to destroy whatever computer it's running on, and they're trying everything they can to make the traditional desktop a pain in the ass to use in an attempt to make the desktop obsolete faster.

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