8/25/2006

Microsoft rolls up Office ribbon

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 8:09 pm

Microsoft has modified its new interface for Office 2007 after complaints from beta testers that the “ribbon” system took up too much screen space.

Office 2007 had ditched the traditional drop-down menu approach of most Windows applications in favor of the ribbon, which displays functions in new categories such as Home, Insert and Mailing in a strip across the top of the screen.

Microsoft said the new interface would make it easier for users to access the wide range of features in applications such as Word, Excel and Access.

However, in the next technical refresh of the Office 2007 beta, users can set the ribbon to automatically minimize whenever it is not being used, effectively making the ribbon headings look like traditional menus. (Windows has long offered a similar auto-hide option for the taskbar.)

Source: News.com

 

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