Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Aug 2011 22:27 UTC
Windows Ah yes, Windows Explorer. One of the oldest parts of Windows, and yet, it's far from perfect. It's hated less than, say, the Finder (but that's no achievement), but most geeks I know aren't particularly fond of it either. For Windows 8, Microsoft is going to make the biggest change ever to Explorer's interface: it's getting the ribbon treatment.
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RE[2]: Comment by motang
by Tuishimi on Tue 30th Aug 2011 04:37 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by motang"
Tuishimi
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Yet another attempt to lock people in to Microsoft products?


Or maybe they are just trying to come up with some sort of consistent app interface.

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RE[3]: Comment by motang
by lemur2 on Tue 30th Aug 2011 04:54 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by motang"
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2007-02-17

" Yet another attempt to lock people in to Microsoft products?
Or maybe they are just trying to come up with some sort of consistent app interface. "

Maybe they are, but then in that case, why not just let every app developer use it without encumberances? After all, Microsoft already do that for things like dialog boxes.

Then, if it was any good, every app developer would use it, and users would then enjoy a consistent app interface even when running apps not made by Microsoft. The ribbon UI might then then become a value-add for users, rather than a jarring inconsistency between some apps and others.

Is it even legal to claim ownership over a UI design, and charge a license fee for it? Microsoft in the past have certainly argued along those lines:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Computer,_Inc._v._Microsoft_Corp...
"Apple Computer, Inc. v. Microsoft Corporation, 35 F.3d 1435 (9th Cir. 1994) was a copyright infringement lawsuit in which Apple Computer, Inc. (now Apple Inc.) sought to prevent Microsoft Corporation and Hewlett-Packard from using visual graphical user interface (GUI) elements that were similar to those in Apple's Lisa and Macintosh operating systems. The court ruled that, "Apple cannot get patent- protection for the idea of a graphical user interface, or the idea of a desktop metaphor [under copyright law]..."

Edited 2011-08-30 04:58 UTC

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RE[4]: Comment by motang
by saynte on Tue 30th Aug 2011 07:24 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by motang"
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2007-12-10

I do not believe that they are charging for usage of their Office Ribbon UI library, are they?

Also, I believe you can access similar design components through the WPF interface, or the regular Windows SDK, with only the regular Windows SDK license or .NET license requirements:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/aa973809.aspx

So it seems that they do encourage usage of their Ribbon UI, do they not?

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