Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Sep 2008 19:09 UTC
Windows We all know that Windows 7 is on its way, planned for release somewhere late 2009 or early 2010. We already know it will have a multitouch framework, no major kernel and/or driver framework changes, and a new taskbar people at Microsoft are not supposed to talk about right now. The firs two milestone releases didn't appear to be very exciting, but now there is - supposedly - a milestone 3 (build 6780) release, and there is a screenshot, and more information on UI changes. According to Microsoft blogger Stephen Chapman, the ribbon will make its way to Windows 7.
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Comment by SJ87
by sj87 on Thu 18th Sep 2008 20:07 UTC
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Ribbon might work in an environment that's got lots and lots of features that might all be needed in regular tasks. One of those environments is Office. But Ribbon in Paint? Sick. The only thing I don't hate in it is that it doesn't look like the same old Paint we've had for fifteen years (or something). With today's wide-screen displays it's even less rational to waste the vertical space than it might have been some years ago, when the 4:3 screens still ruled the world.

On the other hand, MS Paint itself is a completely useless "tool" (and WordPad too, since all branded machines come with MS Word bundled), so maybe it doesn't matter anyways. Windows Explorer and Media Player on the other hand... I don't think Ribbon would prove useful even in Outlook Express.

Edited 2008-09-18 20:11 UTC

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RE: Comment by SJ87
by emarkp on Thu 18th Sep 2008 20:10 in reply to "Comment by SJ87"
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Ding ding ding! Vertical space is at a premium. Put a tabbed interface on the side, and leave me with a menu with full functionality. It's not hard MS.

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RE[2]: Comment by SJ87
by Bobthearch on Thu 18th Sep 2008 22:29 in reply to "RE: Comment by SJ87"
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I wonder if the user will be able to click and drag the 'ribbon' from top to the bottom or to either side? Microsoft's toolbars have had that capability for years.

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RE: Comment by SJ87
by evangs on Thu 18th Sep 2008 20:20 in reply to "Comment by SJ87"
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They could just bundle Paint.NET, which would be totally awesome. 1) It replaces MS Paint which is utterly useless. 2) It would show case the .NET framework as a viable client side framework. I find it disconcerting that while MS pushes Winforms and WPF as next generation GUI libraries, many of their applications are still Win32.

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RE[2]: Comment by SJ87
by casuto on Fri 19th Sep 2008 08:09 in reply to "RE: Comment by SJ87"
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They could just bundle Paint.NET, which would be totally awesome.

Paint.NET is NOT a Microsoft product, so it's impossible to be part of Windows.

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