The new new Office 2007 user interface 10:13 on Sunday
Lifehacker’s Gina Trapani doesn’t like the new MS Office UI (no surprise there). A year or so ago I heard of a blog by MS Office User Experience Team manager Jensen Harris. Naturally I subscribed — as an avid hater of bloated software, I was intrigued to know how it is made. ;)
But seeing the first screenshots of the new UI and hearing the ideas of enthusiastic Mr. Jensen I started to actually believe MS could be on to something. If not revolutionary, at least onto something new, something that nobody had seen or thought of in UI design before.
Now that the new MS Office is here, all I can think of is that reordering toolbars and menus into a fat blob doesn’t bring about great usability enhancements. Yes, we’ll all get used to it, and it might even end up being something that everybody likes a bit better than the old toolbars and menus.
But there’s nothing revolutionary there. Move on.