A while back, there was a lot of chatter about the MS Ribbon... but around
patenting issues. Since Office 2007 has been out for some time now, I'm
surprised that I haven't seen a whole lot of mention (or complaining!) about
this new paradigm here, considering MS has basically attempted to redefine
the desktop UI from the weathered (and tired?) pull-down menu method to a
whole new task-based "right tools at the right time" approach.
I'd love to hear people's thoughts on their use of the Ribbon in various
Granted, it's a shift, and that requires learning. And learning is painful.
I'd like to hear about your usability concerns and examples from a
practitioner's perspective. (I'm less interested in hearing about how things
have been moved and you can't find things anymore because you're preaching
to the choir, sister, and it's inevitable with a new thing like this).
Personally, I'm struggling with the redundancy of panels from one tab to
another, but their inconsistency in location in each. My eye goes to the
spot I expect to see a tool (because that's where it lives in the Standard
Tab and I've come to expect it there), but it is instead somewhere else on
that panel. I'd almost prefer that tool to not be there at all to force me
to go back to Standard. I'm also concerned about the vertical space the
Ribbon takes up. Lots of valuable real estate. Word is the worst because I
need that space to write/read my doc. And hiding the tools is not the
Also, how do you think the rest of the software design/development world
will respond? Do you think other companies will adopt this (back to the
licensing/patenting thing)? Is it the "next big thing"? Do you think this
design could be successfully applied to other, more complicated, products?