Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Mar 2006 23:28 UTC, submitted by Jane Walker
Features, Office At CeBIT today, Microsoft unveiled an updated version of their 'ribbon' user interface, used in Office 2007. They even set up a special page for it. Jensen Harris of Microsoft explains more about it on his blog. On a related note, this article goes a little deeper into the OpenOffice.org vs. MS Office debate.
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It's good but..
by Nelson on Fri 10th Mar 2006 01:51 UTC
Nelson
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2005-11-29

Sorry if this is commong knowledge but didn't they say the Aero UI wasn't final? Maybe we're looking at the next Vista UI? I personally can see myself switching to classic mighty quick if this happens.

However I really like how Office is turning out, I think it will be too dramatic a change and I hate when they do this. People have taken classes on office and it seems Office 12 changes everything. Comments on this?

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RE: It's good but..
by cerbie on Fri 10th Mar 2006 02:03 in reply to "It's good but.."
cerbie Member since:
2006-01-02

Those people who take classes on Office need to take classes on desktop computing, not specific applications. Learn the metaphors, learn the paradigms they have been molded into, and you can figure out just about anything.

It's the give a man a fish, teach him to fish thing. teaching a specific subset of knowledge, rather than the skills to divine that knowledge, is a flawed way to teach and learn.

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RE[2]: It's good but..
by Nelson on Fri 10th Mar 2006 02:10 in reply to "RE: It's good but.."
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Fully agreed, sadly little is done to actually teach them why to use the things and what they pertain to. It seems more like "Here is this feature, here is how it looks whe n you use it: Cool huh?".

For example I'm currently taking an Office 2003 Class (As extremely boring as it is) and this is how things are done. This may not be the ideal way, but I doubt the teachers are exactly looking torwards the future. Else they wouldn't be teaching us Office 2003 which won't be used as widely as Office 12 in the future (Assuming it doesn't suck)

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