Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th May 2010 15:41 UTC
Microsoft The Microsoft empire is built upon two pillars: the Windows operating system, and Microsoft Office. Windows 7 made its way unto the scene last year, and now it's time to work on the other pillar. Today, Microsoft officially launched Microsoft Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. Regular customers will be able to purchase the new versions next month, starting at 119 USD.
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Phloptical
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2006-10-10

So instead of endless menu tree's, we're stuck with the potentially endless scrolling ribbon to accommodate more buttons/widgets/what-have-you that I might want to drop on my ribbon? "Where's that button?" Oh yeah, I have to scroll 4 inches to the right off the screen for it.

The ribbon is like working in your cubicle with all the drawers to your desk and filing cabinets open, but yet you can't close.

I'm not saying we should go back in time to that POS Wordperfect 5.1, but come on!? I would like to get out of Office 2003 where I work. Mainly because we can then export SAP data and not have to worry about row limits in Excel. Unfortunately though, I now have to plan a 6 month long detailed project to roll out a stupid f'ing Office package to a global set of users, in order to minimize impact to the business.

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Stratoukos Member since:
2009-02-11

So instead of endless menu tree's, we're stuck with the potentially endless scrolling ribbon to accommodate more buttons/widgets/what-have-you that I might want to drop on my ribbon?

A UI that has to perform an 'endless' number of functions has to categorize them somehow, be it an 'endless' menu tree, an 'endless' number of tabs or an 'endless' number of whatever else you can think. The difference is that the old UI could not scale any more, so they had to invent a new one.


The ribbon is like working in your cubicle with all the drawers to your desk and filing cabinets open, but yet you can't close.

If you are referring to vertical space, the ribbon consumes less space than the menu plus 2 toolbars (default) of the old UI[1]


Unfortunately though, I now have to plan a 6 month long detailed project to roll out a stupid f'ing Office package to a global set of users, in order to minimize impact to the business.

As I said before, the old UI could not scale any more. The needed to invent a new UI scheme and, whatever that was, users would have to undergo training.


The point of my original message wasn't that the Ribbon is a good interface (although I think it is), but that keeping the old UI around would be against their design goals.

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nboxer Member since:
2006-12-11

A UI that has to perform an 'endless' number of functions has to categorize them somehow, be it an 'endless' menu tree, an 'endless' number of tabs or an 'endless' number of whatever else you can think. The difference is that the old UI could not scale any more, so they had to invent a new one.


A typical user of MS office uses 20-30% of functions. This has been true since the days of Lotus 123. So scalablity isnt the issue, its ease of use. No one is looking for more functions. At some point products peak. We reached that back in 2000-2003.

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