Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Apr 2009 09:36 UTC, submitted by davidiwharper
Windows Windows Vista wasn't exactly a success, and as such, Microsoft needed different people to manage the development of Windows 7. One of those new people is Julie Larson-Green, who made a very good showing with Microsoft Office 2007, which took the bold move of replacing the menu-driven interface with the newly designed Ribbon interface. The Sydney Morning Herald (awesome name) decided to take a look at who, exactly, Larson-Green is.
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RE[2]: The ribbon
by ricegf on Tue 21st Apr 2009 21:39 UTC in reply to "RE: The ribbon"
ricegf
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2007-04-25

I've used it for 8 months, and am still less productive than I was with 2003. When shall we meet? :-)

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RE[3]: The ribbon
by kaiwai on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 02:28 in reply to "RE[2]: The ribbon"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

I've used it for 8 months, and am still less productive than I was with 2003. When shall we meet? :-)


So your failure to adapt is apparently the fault of Microsoft? the whole world should stop developing and improving because you, the precious snow flake, refuse to adapt to change? maybe next time Microsoft makes a change they should make an effort to ring you up and getting a vetting as to whether its a good idea *rolls eyes*.

I'ved used the ribbon and maybe because of my experience with Office on the Mac - I am already used to it; but it only took a matter of a few minutes and searching the help file to find somethings I was confused about. The so-called productivity loss you claim is exaraggated to say the least.

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RE[4]: The ribbon
by wakeupneo on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 06:27 in reply to "RE[3]: The ribbon"
wakeupneo Member since:
2005-07-06

So your failure to adapt is apparently the fault of Microsoft?


Fair go Kaiwai. If it still isn't intuitive to him after 8 months of use then for him, it's not a better solution. Simple as that. And going by the general consensus, it appears it isn't the best solution for everyone...as much as MS would like you to think it is (while they plan to spray it all over the rest of their products).

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RE[4]: The ribbon
by ricegf on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 10:22 in reply to "RE[3]: The ribbon"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

Of *course* it's Microsoft's fault if I find myself less productive with a ribbon interface than a menu-and-tool bar interface. Do you honestly believe one interface is perfect for everyone? If it works well for you and not for me, I'm a "snowflake"?

Have you ever considered that software should adapt to the user, instead of vice-versa?

And that changing an interface inconsistently and with little flexibility for how people's work varies in the real world isn't necessarily an improvement, but may just be a step in the *wrong* direction? Presenting a *totally different* interface for the *same task*, depending on whether you're using the Outlook main window or the Outlook email editor (for example), might be a *bad* design decision?

And isn't your arrogance exactly what *Linux* advocates are so often maligned for exhibiting in public?

Very ugly attitude. Very ugly indeed.

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