Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Oct 2008 11:36 UTC, submitted by M-Saunders
Features, Office After three years of development, OOo 3.0 is finally here with a bunch of new features and enhancements. Linux Format looks at the changes and rates the suite's overall performance, and you can try it yourself by downloading a copy from here.
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RE: Office 2007
by ebasconp on Mon 13th Oct 2008 16:34 UTC in reply to "Office 2007"
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2006-05-09

The ribbon UI looks great but after the good look, I do not find it quite usable for several reasons:

1. The people used to know the old menu and the functionality it provided. When Office 2007 was released, everybody had to learn where everything was relocated.

2. The excuse: "everything is contextual and organizated by functionality" is due to the bad organization in the pre-2007 Office menu... the menus should contain everything organizated by functionality too!

3. All applications have File | Edit | View options and everybody knows where their things are and what's their functionality. I do not see why removing such very standard menus to other places.

4. They also replace the hot keys to new ones! That's unforgiven!! ;)

Edited 2008-10-13 16:36 UTC

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RE[2]: Office 2007
by google_ninja on Mon 13th Oct 2008 18:10 in reply to "RE: Office 2007"
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

All those reasons boil down to "I don't like it cause its different".

In all honesty, that is a valid response. If you take the time to gain a level of competence with things one way, of course you will not be as comfortable with something designed completely differently. The question that comes next is is there enough benefit to the different way to make it worth learning? I have yet to meet a single person who has taken the time to learn 2k7 that does not absolutely love it. Im not the biggest office user personally, but I really hope MS extends the ribbon ui to their other products that have an insanely complex toolbar/menu system (like studio).

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RE[3]: Office 2007
by darknexus on Mon 13th Oct 2008 20:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Office 2007"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

I have yet to meet a single person who has taken the time to learn 2k7 that does not absolutely love it. Im not the biggest office user personally, but I really hope MS extends the ribbon ui to their other products that have an insanely complex toolbar/menu system (like studio).

Well if you're taking opinions you can count me as one of the few who hate the ribbon UI, at least as it's currently implemented. They could have done better by simplifying the menu structure rather than doing a complete overhall, but that's just my opinion of course. What most people love is what I actually hate, the context-sensitive nature of it. I don't like when my options move around on me, I guess I just find it more annoying than helpful.

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