Computerworld's review of Office 2007

Subject: Computerworld's review of Office 2007
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2006 15:46:20 -0400

I feel like Bart Simpson at the chalkboard:
"I will not bash apps before their release."
"I will not bash apps before their release."
"I will not bash apps before their release."
"I will not bash apps before their release...."

Who am I kidding? I read the review, and I admit that I was looking for
the caveats, not the kudos. A few choice quotes:

"The Ribbons can't be customized from within the Office application.
Microsoft's Office UI guru, Jensen Harris, says that they're XML-based,
and that the company is working with third-party developers who are
building ribbon-editing utilities for customizing the interface. None
has been announced yet."

"We found that the new interface made some tasks in Office 2007 harder
to complete than in previous versions. With no menu, and depending on
what you're doing, it can take a greater number of mouse clicks or
keyboard tapping to perform simple tasks, such as switching between two
open Excel workbooks -- another reason you may soon find yourself with a
crowded QAT [Quick Access Toolbar]."

"Microsoft's Harris notes that if you're happy with the functionality of
Office now and prefer a customizable interface, there's little reason to

The full review can be seen at -- feel free to
correct me and highlight the stuff that'll make our jobs easier!

-- Dan Goldstein

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