Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jun 2018 00:10 UTC
Microsoft

Office today has a whole bunch of versions - the traditional, fully featured Win32 desktop applications and their near counterparts on the Mac, along with various simpler versions for the Web, mobile, and Universal Windows Platform (UWP). Presently, these various incarnations all have similarities in their interfaces, but they're far from consistent.

That's set to change. Microsoft is overhauling the interfaces of all the Office versions to bring a much more consistent look and feel across the various platforms that the applications support. This new interface will have three central elements.

I use Office every day, and I just want one thing from Microsoft: the ability to open multiple instances of the UWP Office applications. The UWP version of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are faster, smoother, and easier to use than their slow, cumbersome Win32 counterparts. I'm convinced the only reason Microsoft artificially limits the UWP versions to one instance per app is so they won't tread on the hallowed, sacred Win32 ground.

It's high time Microsoft removes this purely artificial limitation.

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malxau
Member since:
2005-12-04

I just want one thing from Microsoft: the ability to open multiple instances of the UWP Office applications... I'm convinced the only reason Microsoft artificially limits the UWP versions to one instance per app is so they won't tread on the hallowed, sacred Win32 ground.


I don't think that's it. Remember, UWP came from tablets/phones, where "start app" and "switch to running app" are the same operation. Those devices had no concept of multiple instances of an application. It has since evolved so that an application can have multiple concurrent windows, but the application needs to be written to make it happen. In Win32, applications would need to go out of their way to prevent it happening, since the user can start as many instances of an app as they want.

There was a time when Windows 10 could only run one calculator - see https://www.onmsft.com/news/windows-10-preview-build-10130-allows-yo... .

I'm not saying that the evolution shouldn't continue and support multiple concurrent windows to Office applications, just that it's far more likely to be a historical artifact than malicious.

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sj87 Member since:
2007-12-16

Remember, UWP came from tablets/phones, where "start app" and "switch to running app" are the same operation. Those devices had no concept of multiple instances of an application. It has since evolved so that an application can have multiple concurrent windows, but the application needs to be written to make it happen. --

There was a time when Windows 10 could only run one calculator.

That was over three years ago. Meanwhile Office for Metro has made no effort to get to that point. I don't think it can be that hard, unless there was a political decision made that Office for Metro has to suck on the desktop.

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Office is adopting UWP's Fluent UI.

"Fluent Design System inside of Microsoft: Office : Build 2018"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKvkRfQD8Yg

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