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2012-07-14 11:16:36 AM  
Ribbons. Ribbons EVERYWHERE!
 
2012-07-14 11:24:19 AM  
I remember when I first saw the Ribbon interface that I could not withhold my laughter. Now it brings fear within me. Why, Microsoft, why? Why must you act like a bunch of assholes? Let Apple act like the Assholes.
 
2012-07-14 11:24:55 AM  
A Metro interface for Office. How utterly stupid and obnoxious.
 
2012-07-14 11:32:29 AM  
I like the ribbon...
 
2012-07-14 11:38:51 AM  
FFS, what annoying little "can I help" creature will I have to kill this time?
 
2012-07-14 11:40:18 AM  
i49.tinypic.com
 
2012-07-14 11:41:04 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: FFS, what annoying little "can I help" creature will I have to kill this time?


It won't annoy you, because you won't be able to see it due to it's lack of contrast in greyscale.
 
2012-07-14 12:15:02 PM  
In the end, most people will type in the default font, use none of the features, and once in a while print "Put your dishes in the dishwasher" in comic sans.

So it goes.
 
2012-07-14 12:17:44 PM  
Woo-hoo! Will there be ribbons? Or maybe bows? How about scrunchies? Barrettes!
 
2012-07-14 12:18:05 PM  
C:/wtf.exe...
 
2012-07-14 12:19:42 PM  

Shostie: I like the ribbon...


you're thread to me.
 
2012-07-14 12:20:31 PM  
OMG. The Register didn't refer to Microsoft as Vole.
/Who's submitting these shiaty register links? My guess is Linux_Yes
 
2012-07-14 12:21:14 PM  
I know - should be a backslash, but I don't care.
 
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2012-07-14 12:21:41 PM  
There should be a Nation Cockpunch a Microsoft Program Manager day.

How about if folks? NCMPMD???
 
2012-07-14 12:23:17 PM  
I gotta hand it to you, Fark, you really know how to hate something that doesn't exist with no details. Good job.
 
2012-07-14 12:23:32 PM  
I put LibreOffice on my client PCs. Tired of the bloated MS Office series.
 
2012-07-14 12:24:16 PM  
Awesome article, very informative in a hypothetical sense. What was the point of that article, to demonstrate that the author has a thesaurus and can look up words for "unknown"?
 
2012-07-14 12:24:58 PM  
Someday Microsoft will come up with a program that is intuitive and as easy to use as VI and LaTex


/stop the word I want to groff off.
 
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2012-07-14 12:29:36 PM  

LasersHurt: I gotta hand it to you, Fark, you really know how to hate something that doesn't exist with no details. Good job.


Have you even heard of the abomination known as Windows 8?

How could you possibly believe a rework of MS Office could be anything but another cluster F#ck? Do you have that much misguided faith in Microsoft to actually do something right? If so, you must also believe in Big Foot, Aliens, the Illuminati and all the other 'I'll believe anything someone tells me' categories.
 
2012-07-14 12:30:27 PM  

cman: I remember when I first saw the Ribbon interface that I could not withhold my laughter. Now it brings fear within me. Why, Microsoft, why? Why must you act like a bunch of assholes? Let Apple act like the Assholes.


I did the same thing. Why, with everyone buying widescreen monitors, would you put all the controls in a HUGE bar across the TOP of the monitor? There's all this extra space on the sides now, why not use THAT?

It was worse when Autodesk followed. Glad I found the mini buttons option and the undock the toolbars and put them someplace out of the way option.

Stop taking up usable screen area with buttons, dangit!

\I feel better now
 
2012-07-14 12:33:02 PM  
Ugh.

I have a sudden urge to load up an old linux distro like Puppy or DSL.
 
2012-07-14 12:36:21 PM  
Im not usually a MS basher. But the ribbon was the worst thing they have ever done. Yes, worse than WindowsME
 
2012-07-14 12:36:32 PM  
I still use Office Pro 2000. It works fine on Windows 7. I see no reason to upgrade it or upgrade to Windows 8.
 
2012-07-14 12:38:24 PM  
All this yelling and ranting is pretty funny, but nothing ain't gonna happen until someone drags a microsoft manager over to this thread.
 
2012-07-14 12:42:16 PM  
The new paradigm at Microsoft will be "pullouts" - all choices will be collapsed into a "tick arrow" that you drag out with a gesture. If you drag far enough, it will pop out and re-dock to another corner of the screen.

This will revolutionize user interfaces!

In fitting with Metro, there are no longer floating windows... everything docks to a portion of the screen. For example, if you wish to save your document, use a flick gesture (not too fast or slow, that brings up alternative actions) to drag the pullout open (not too far, as it will then re-dock and re-close on the other side of the current frame), then triple-tap the save icon. If you want to perform a "Save as", use the "swirl" gesture in the icon.

If these are too complicated for those of you who are tablet-illiterate dweebs, use the simple keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Windows-Alt-S to "Save" or the simple shortcut Ctrl-Shift-Tab + Alt-Windows-s (note the case of the "S" in both shortcuts) to "Save As"

When you "Save As" you will be prompted for the location of your document in the Cloud. If you need additional space, you can purchase it in the Metro App store.

Revolutionary. Mark my words!
 
2012-07-14 12:54:38 PM  
I have Office for Mac 2008.....I hate that farking ribbon too. I won't be getting the updated version of Office for Macs, though. No need - what I have suits me fine. I don't get why people have to update software when the software they have still works, and is still compatible with what they're using. It seems like a needless waste of money. I can understand biting the bullet and upgrading when what you have no longer works, but if it still does, why bother?
 
2012-07-14 12:57:09 PM  

Coco LaFemme: I have Office for Mac 2008.....I hate that farking ribbon too. I won't be getting the updated version of Office for Macs, though. No need - what I have suits me fine. I don't get why people have to update software when the software they have still works, and is still compatible with what they're using. It seems like a needless waste of money. I can understand biting the bullet and upgrading when what you have no longer works, but if it still does, why bother?


(Uncle Scrooge voice) I downloaded OpenOffice because it was free and I don't need another reason.
 
2012-07-14 01:00:01 PM  
As a LaTeX user, I would like to remind all of you to please get off my lawn.

WP5 was pretty good too.
 
2012-07-14 01:02:43 PM  
I have test station software (radiated emissions) written in VBA under Office 2000 that I had to spend a good deal of time modifying for my equipment. It runs OK under Excel 2007 at least on the test station's desktop machine (running XP), debugging is a pain on my laptop running Windows 7 (probably because the laptop is much faster). The laptop was forced to "upgrade" to Office 2010, I can probably keep the test station from being "upgraded". I fear the next update will "break" the software.

/I'm writing replacement software in LabVIEW.
 
2012-07-14 01:07:50 PM  
Doesn't matter, my company used Office 2003 until we finally upgraded to 2010 last year. My guess is we'll be stuck with 2010 until 2016ish.

Also still on Windows XP.
 
2012-07-14 01:10:41 PM  

Coco LaFemme: I have Office for Mac 2008.....I hate that farking ribbon too. I won't be getting the updated version of Office for Macs, though. No need - what I have suits me fine.


Definitely keep what works for you, but all else equal, Office for Mac 2011 blows away 2008 -- and especially if your company has an Exchange server. Entourage is a big steaming pile of dung; 2011 has Outlook -- the real kind of Outlook that all of the corporate types love.
 
2012-07-14 01:13:12 PM  
It looks like I'm only the second person here who likes the ribbon.

That said, Office for Mac 2008 was an abortion of design with that floating format window which all too easily got in my way. That, and it couldn't edit equations in Office 2007 documents.
 
2012-07-14 01:15:14 PM  
OpenOffice.Org


/never looked back
 
2012-07-14 01:15:31 PM  
I typically just roll with all the version changes with Office, Windows, etc, but goddamn if I don't still farking hate and have trouble with Office 2010. I cannot farking stand it and at this point I imagine I never will.
 
2012-07-14 01:18:32 PM  

Skywolf Philosopher:
(Uncle Scrooge voice) I downloaded OpenOffice because it was free and I don't need another reason.


Isn't that only useful if you're creating personal Word documents for yourself, though? I can't think of any time when that would be the case, though I'm sure such a situation does exist.

I can't use OpenOffice specifically because there's a 99% chance that the way it looks on my computer won't be at all how it looks when opened on an Office computer. And if I already have to have Office just to make sure it looks decent for everyone else, I may as well use Office in the first place.
 
2012-07-14 01:24:49 PM  
Should have read "Microsoft to Unveil Office 15 bundled Anacin, Tylenol, Excedrin, Motrin, Advil, Aleve...."
 
2012-07-14 01:30:35 PM  
Great headline subby, exactly how I feel. I am finally figuring out how to use their last "redesign" which is one of the most unintuitive interfaces ever. Especially compared to the previous version, which made sense in how it was desinged. I'm not an occasional user either, I am a test engineer and use it a lot in writing technical documents related to testing. Since my work computer is provided by the government I know darned certain they will "upgrade" as soon as they can.
 
2012-07-14 01:32:04 PM  

Altair: I put LibreOffice on my client PCs. Tired of the bloated MS Office series.


Have they fixed the compatibility issue with Office 2007 files?
 
2012-07-14 01:38:49 PM  

homelessdude: Should have read "Microsoft to Unveil Office 15 bundled Anacin, Tylenol, Excedrin, Motrin, Advil, Aleve...."


+1


/for stating the painfully obvious
 
2012-07-14 01:38:51 PM  
office 2003
- office 365
=========
loss of 1638 versions worth of improvements.

If you use 2008 or 2010; the same formula applies
But, if you use Office 97, this is a 268 versions of improvement better!
 
2012-07-14 01:41:55 PM  
Office 2010 takes between three and five minutes to open a one page excel or word document with a few lines with a more then capable windows 7 desktop.

Stop the bloat.

/And I just love that ribbon too.
 
2012-07-14 01:44:21 PM  
Will it be ribbon free?

/then I would consider buying it
//ribbons has got to be one of the more idiotic UI moves they've ever made.
 
2012-07-14 01:49:22 PM  
MaudlinMutantMollusk: FFS, what annoying little "can I help" creature will I have to kill this time?

At work, they use the wizard character to remind people to fill out timecards.

// I filled out all of my timecards you dumb bastard, GO AWAY!
 
2012-07-14 01:57:30 PM  
My inside informants at the Starbucks in Redmond tell me the Ribbon is being replaced by the Starfish.

/you know you want it
 
2012-07-14 01:58:14 PM  

StingerJ: Doesn't matter, my company used Office 2003 until we finally upgraded to 2010 last year. My guess is we'll be stuck with 2010 until 2016ish.

Also still on Windows XP.


I'm still using 2003 on my work computer at job 1. Job 2 has 2010, and it makes my head hurt.

You can always tell who has 2010, because they don't add carriage returns when typing documents. Horrible when I open a 5 page document, clear formatting (because fark your cutesy bolds and ALL CAPS paragraphs, that's why), and then have to go and see where they intended paragraphs.
 
2012-07-14 01:59:37 PM  

Altair: I put LibreOffice on my client PCs. Tired of the bloated MS Office series.


I used OpenOffice until Ubuntu force-shifted to LibreOffice. Both are excellent, and I recommend them.* I still use OOO on my Win7 platform, LO on the Ubuntu sides. (Since they still share so much, they can't run side by side under the same OS session, but they can share across partitions, which is all I needed to worry about.)

* Since both are essentially Open Source (LO more than OOO, from what I understand, though I haven't been following OOO as much in recent years), there are many extensions for both. Some of them are pretty sweet, such as hybrid DOC/PDF format, direct-to-PDF, PDF conversion (edit 'locked' PDFs), on-panel calculator call, and lots more. Given all that, it's kind of incredible to me that non-enterprise users are still buying MSO, but I guess they just don't know their options.
 
2012-07-14 02:01:51 PM  
Damn it, DREW look what you started.
 
2012-07-14 02:08:10 PM  
Microsoft promises 'most transformational' release ever

* scream *
 
2012-07-14 02:10:08 PM  
Ribbon-hater here. Totally unintuitive. Still have to hunt around for things and I use Word a LOT.

/hate the ribbon
 
2012-07-14 02:11:27 PM  

CBob: Ugh.

I have a sudden urge to load up an old linux distro like Puppy or DSL.


Puppy is 'old'? As far as I know, the project is still maintained, in five different 'Puplet' versions.

DSL is the 'official' name of a certain distro project, to the extent that they're brandable, but it's more of a concept than a product, and numerous current and robust implementations exist, such as Knoppix and Tiny Core Linux. The 'official' DSL project has been in disarray for a couple years now (though it's showing some recent glimmers of resurrection), but it's hardly a unique implementation, and DSL as a concept is widely supported, so I think it's also a misnomer to call that 'old'.
 
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