Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Feb 2010 22:06 UTC
Microsoft "Microsoft on Thursday detailed some of the new features in its forthcoming Office for Mac 2011 suite, including co-authoring tools, Web apps, and a redesigned ribbon interface more consistent with its Windows counterpart. Microsoft is a part of Macworld 2010 expo in San Francisco this week, and has used the event to divulge details on its forthcoming update to Office for Mac, expected to arrive later this year."
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Yay ribbons! Hold on, wait a sec...
by Moochman on Thu 11th Feb 2010 22:17 UTC
Moochman
Member since:
2005-07-06

Finally they are bringing the ribbon to the Mac--good for them. But wait... they're putting in the ribbon interface, but *leaving the standard toolbar*?!?!?!? This is what they call "the best of both worlds"?! The chrome on Word 2011 takes up a third of the freaking screen!!

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Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

Mind you, I'm assuming it's hidable, so power users will find their way around the issue.... It doesn't change the fact that it's a ridiculous and inexplicable design decision for a target audience whose screens are often only 800 pixels high.... with the menu bar, title bar, and toolbar combined I estimate it takes around 50 pixels more vertical real estate than the Windows version.

That said, the new buttons on the ribbon look very nice and Mac-like. ;)

Edited 2010-02-11 22:30 UTC

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siride Member since:
2006-01-02

I wish they had left the standard toolbar, or the menus especially. I like the ribbon interface, I just don't like that it's the /only/ interface. It makes it impossible to find things that I know are there. You have to dig through layers of dialogs and the appropriate right click menus to get to them. I was never really well-acquainted with the old MS Word, so it's not like I'm just complaining about things being different.

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RavinRay Member since:
2005-11-26

Exactly my first reaction on the screenshot. That's a horrible use of horizontal real estate! Why not give the option to switch interfaces as needed, and keep things to a minimum.

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Exactly my first reaction on the screenshot. That's a horrible use of horizontal real estate! Why not give the option to switch interfaces as needed, and keep things to a minimum.


True - the main reason for bringing it to the Mac was to make easy transitions between Office for Mac and Office for Windows - with end users at home who have a Mac and then go to work and do their thing. It makes little sense keeping the old model - if they are going to move to the ribbon interface then they should do it whole sale instead of this half baked compromised version.

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Finally they are bringing the ribbon to the Mac--good for them. But wait... they're putting in the ribbon interface, but *leaving the standard toolbar*?!?!?!? This is what they call "the best of both worlds"?! The chrome on Word 2011 takes up a third of the freaking screen!!


Yeap, just when you though they were going to fix the problems with Office 2008 they sabotage Office 2011 to show once again they rescued a product from successful to throw into the jaws of failure. The only saving grace is that iWork is so horrible and lacking in features not only for professionals but university students as well such as citation/bibliography manager.

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