Office 12

Microsoft unveiled its new user inter­face for Office 12 ear­li­er this week, and they seem to have depart­ed rad­i­cal­ly from past releases:

…we set about rethink­ing the UI from the user’s per­spec­tive, which is “results-ori­ent­ed,” rather than from the devel­op­er’s per­spec­tive, which tends to be “fea­ture-ori­ent­ed” or “com­mand-ori­ent­ed”… instead of hav­ing to learn how to make some­thing shad­owed, or what the aspect ratio is or the per­cent gray, you just say, “Oh, I like that one,” and you pick it, you click it and get it in your doc­u­ment. It’s more visual.

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Word, Excel, Pow­er­Point, and Access are due to get the face lift, but Out­look (the one Office appli­ca­tion that I use con­stant­ly, and which piss­es me off the most), will remain large­ly the same, accord­ing to the press release.

(Although odd­ly enough, xBe­tas has a cou­ple of screen shots of a sim­i­lar­ly engi­neered Outlook.)

My ini­tial reac­tion is very wait-and-see… True, it looks like an aqua rip-off, but con­sid­er­ing I use the suite every day on my work PC, any­thing new will peak my interest.

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