Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Nov 2006 13:22 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
Microsoft "For the last year or so, one of the questions I've been asked again and again has been: "Can I use the new Office user interface in my own product?" On one hand, it's an immensely satisfying question to hear, because it means that others in the industry believe in the value of what we've built and see how the sound UI research we've done can benefit their own products. Creating the new user interface has been our team's passion for the last three years, and we love sharing the fruits of this hard work. On the other hand, the new Office user interface was a huge investment by Microsoft and the resulting intellectual property belongs to Microsoft."
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RE: Great!
by jal_ on Wed 22nd Nov 2006 15:43 UTC in reply to "Great!"
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Now FOSS office suites like, KOffice and so on will have only three alternatives if thew want to improve their UI:

* Pay MS and mimic the new MS Office UI.
* Keep using that ugly UI (c'mon, it's been around since DOS MS Word).
* Start throwing new ideas.

I'm all for the latter one, I'm tired of seeing FOSS apps always trying to mimic propietary apps. With its huge manpower, FOSS doesn't need to mimic anything. We can make it even better.

I agree the choice should be the latter one, however judging the current FOSS user interfaces, I disagree the FOSS communicy is anywhere near capable of doing so. It actually does take years of structured research to create a completely new UI paradigm, let alone a good one (and I'm not saying I think the new Office look is).

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