Complaining about Microsoft Office's ribbon is like complaining about moving a car's light dimmer switch from the floorboard to the steering column. Change with the times or go away.
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Microsoft has unveiled a retooled, new-look developer app portal that brings new features and paves the way for the introduction of options such as in-app purchases that will arrive with Windows Phone 8
Last month, the Microsoft Macintosh Business Unit announced Office:Mac 2011 and posted some screen shots of its future user interface. I finally got around to looking at them. Sorry to say, the productivity-killing Ribbon introduced with Office 2007 on Windows will make its way to the Mac. Sigh. But the silver lining is that we will get to keep our menus.
Earlier this year, I covered a new tool out of the somewhat mysterious Microsoft Office Labs called Ribbon Hero. Developed with input from Microsoft's XBox group, the Facebook-based social learning game represented a really novel approach to the otherwise dry topic of application training.
The new Office for Mac 2011 release will add a Mac-customized version of Microsoft's Ribbon interface; support for the Personal Folders (.PST) e-mail archiving protocol; and the ability to co-author documents with others using SkyDrive and SharePoint, Microsoft execs said on February 11.
I'll admit it; I actually like the ribbon in Office. But I'm disappointed that my high score so far is only 66…For years we scolded Microsoft for the way features were arranged in Office.
As I reported this morning over on Between the Lines, Microsoft Office Labs has introduced a prototype training tool called Ribbon Hero. You can read the BTL post for the details, but the long and the short of it is that users will be able to compete with each other via Facebook to learn new features of Office.
Microsoft Office Labs introduced Ribbon Hero today, a competitive game for training users to fully exploit the features of Office 2007/2010. An early preview showed that it's not the least bit gimmicky; in fact, this could be a game-changer in end-user training.
From the "truth is stranger than fiction" desk (via Slashdot), the OpenOffice.org camp is showing off a prototype of its rival desktop productivity suite that has a very Microsoft-Office-like interface. And many OpenOffice users are none too happy about it.
In troubled economic times the attractions of free software become increasingly obvious, and even for die-hard users of Microsoft Office, the prospect of upgrading to Office 2010 in Q1 next year may prove too much to contemplate. After all, Office 2007 essentially rearranged the deckchairs with the ribbon interface didn't it?
PowerPoint 2007 offers a lot of surprises to us when she made her debut with ribbon coat and SmartArt accessories years ago, however, those tremendous changes lead a lot of problems, such as incompatibility. Since Office 14 is going its way from alpha to beta at Microsoft labs, my only expectation on potential PowerPoint 14 is the full-featured Web presentation.
How to insert and embed Flash movie into PowerPoint 2007, and play automaticallyEnsure the Flash Player is installed on your computer, and then please follow the steps below:1. Click Microsoft Office Button on the top left corner > click "PowerPoint Options" at the bottom of the panel > go to the "PowerPoint Options" window > click "Popular" on the left column > select "Show Developer tab in the Ribbon" on the right column > click "OK" at the bottom2.
Patrick Schmid, a Microsoft MVP and one of the most active participants in the Office 2007 beta test, has released RibbonCustomizer Professional, a $29.95 utility that provides point-and-click customization for the Ribbon in Office 2007 applications. A free edition with limited capabilities is available as is a 30-day evaluation of the product.
Microsoft has released new Ribbon add-ins that provides one-click access to online content designed to help make the transition to Office 2007 a little smoother. From the new Get Started Ribbon tab you can access a command guide, tutorials, online videos, and discussions about Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (separate downnload for each application).
Not sure I agree with the number one on the list designation but I do agree with PC World that 2007 Microsoft Office system (small "s") is one of the most innovative products released (sort of) this year. The new Ribbon UI, live previews, theme and style galleries, Smart Art, image tools, and other features will make creating better-looking, more effective documents a lot easier for most people.
Jensen Harris drops a bombshell on his blog today. With certain understandable restrictions, Microsoft will issue a royalty-free perpetual license to any developer who wishes to use the new Ribbon UI in a product.
After beta tester complaints, company lets users set new menu system to automatically minimize when not in use.
Lots of people commenting on Microsoft's decision to provide an auto-hide function for the new ribbon UI in 2007 Microsoft Office system (small "s"). I agree with Nathan Weinberg at Inside Microsoft that this is an unfortunate decision.
After beta tester complaints, company lets users set new menu system to automatically minimize when not in use. Images: Office 2007's makeover Images: Inside the Office 2007 beta
Microsoft winds back Office ribbon.
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