Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Jul 2012 22:24 UTC
Features, Office Microsoft has released a consumer preview for Office 2013. Highlighting the age-old internal tug-of-war between the Office and Windows divisions within Microsoft, it's just a desktop application, no Metro, and the only nod to that whole touch/tablet-thing is a special mode that does very little. So, Windows 8 is just around the corner, and still not a single serious Metro application. Not even Microsoft's own flagship suite - heck, not even a single application within that suite - could be adapted to Metro in time. Serious vote of confidence from the Office division there.
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by galvanash on Tue 17th Jul 2012 00:10 UTC
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I don't much care about the metro/desktop distinction. But I really don't care for the look of it. It seems to me they have gone way overboard with removing all the contrast...

Everything is pure white - the ribbon, the menu, even the column labels in excel are white... everything. It overwhelms you with its lack of contrast.

I feel like they have boxed themselves in with the "dark colors for contrast" thing - it looks great with white controls when the object of the app is a picture, video, or some other thing with a dark background, but for Word and Excel? I don't know - it just feels wrong to me. Can we at least have a grey background on the ribbon to make it stand out a bit? That and as bright as LCDs are nowadays this is going to give people serious eye fatigue without doing some monitor adjustments...

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by WorknMan on Tue 17th Jul 2012 00:15 in reply to "Eck..."
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I'm generally the last person to care about what something looks like, but you're right.... all that white looks like it will be a headache-inducer.

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by jessesmith on Tue 17th Jul 2012 02:22 in reply to "RE: Eck..."
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At first I thought the images hadn't finished loading, then I realized they had, they were just all the same white colour all through. This version of Office looks terrible. Ribbon + no contrast is a bad combination.

I know businesses will probably upgrade eventually, but I've been finding almost everyone I know running a suite at home has moved away from MS-Office in favour of OpenOffice or LibreOffice. People I've asked have mostly cited the changing interface as their reason for switching. OOo and LO feel more familiar to them.

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by quackalist on Tue 17th Jul 2012 05:20 in reply to "Eck..."
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Not sure what to make of it yet though it does seem to overawe the eye in it's paradoxical white minimalism. Suppose, its been Metroised in look if not function so yet another indication Metro is but some 'bright idea' tacked on to 8/Office/Cloud without any joined-up thought.

In some ways as a look it's refreshingly different but I've serious doubts as to the effect the look has to ease of use. Don't use Office a great deal myself, other than Word and Outlook, and in truth more through inertia than anything, the same goes for Windows. Looks as if Metro will finally break that or, perhaps, 7 will last me out till I drop off this mortal coil...

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