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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Microsoft's position is that the old menus/toolbars are fine for apps where such a UI isn't overburdened. So there's no need for every app to use a Ribbon UI.

Paint, Notepad and Wordpad all have an "overburdened UI"?


Who would have thought?

As for your complaint that Microsoft seeks to disallow OO.o from ripping off the Ribbon UI for which Microsoft spent millions on R&D, while at the same time allowing any and every app that doesn't directly compete with Office to use it, I really couldn't care less.

Millions on R&D? Really? (They must be horribly inefficient then). So Microsoft invested millions on look-and-feel, for which Microsoft themselves set a precedent in courts that you cannot protect? Amusing. I bet the shareholders were pleased.

Oh, I suppose Microsoft figured they could always "license" it, and see if there were any suckers who took them up.

BTW: OpenOffice had a look at it, but from the comments received apparently fully two thirds of users hated the idea.

Edited 2010-05-16 14:23 UTC

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