Report: Office 15 to Feature 'Touch Mode'

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Keith E. Whisman

I hope they build an ARM version for tablet use.

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Cregan89

They've already confirmed that, yes, Windows On ARM (WOA) will get Microsoft Office. And the implication was that it may actually be included in WOA for free.

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SlaughterALL

Not everything needs a touch screen. Really.

I don't see how this remotely advances tech. I think a mouse (after trying to point at a particular point in a document I was creating on my tablet), especially when combined with the arrow keys, is far more accurate and appealing.

Microsoft should focus on fixing Windows 8 and making the laptop/desktop version less tablet-y. I cannot speak for others, but there's no way in hell I'm ever going to Windows 8 if that Metro interface is as bad as it seems. It's like taking a step back.

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Cregan89

First of all... Stylus.

Second of all... This is exactly why they're making both a classic keyboard/mouse interface, and a touch interface.

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Karen Millen

Nearly every single function is fewer clicks away, is more logically organized in terms of hierarchy, is quicker to find for first time users, it has the inherent ability to reveal keyboard shortcuts, and has better feature revealing.

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OCFRED

Tablet capability of course, it's about time they dispensed that awful ribbon crap for intuitive menus; I'm sure there is a much more complex and inefficient version lurking but like much of the market have moved on.

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Cregan89

I've had this debate many, many times... The Ribbon UI is proven to be better and more efficient than previous interfaces in every way possible. Nearly every single function is fewer clicks away, is more logically organized in terms of hierarchy, is quicker to find for first time users, it has the inherent ability to reveal keyboard shortcuts, and has better feature revealing.

This article is in reference to the Windows 8 Explorer, not Office, but it still proves my point:
http://www.7tutorials.com/windows-8-analysis-new-ribbon-interface-more-efficient

The only valid argument against the Ribbon UI is a refusal to change, and the added time required to learn the new locations of features for users of previous UI's. And these are perfectly valid arguments, but you can't expect Microsoft to never progress their UI in future software revisions. If you like the old UI, then use the old software. Simple as that.

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SlaughterALL

just because you THINK the ribbon UI is better does not make it so. No two people are identical therefore what works for someone does not necessarily work for others.

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Cregan89

No, that was exactly my point. OBJECTIVELY, the Ribbon UI is superior to the previous interface in every measurable way. I'm talking pure numbers, pure statistics.

Features are fewer clicks away.
New users find specific features in less time.
When minimized it takes up less space.
Keyboard short-cuts are significantly more easily exposed.
Existing users are significantly more likely to access existing features for the first time.

These are proven OBJECTIVE statistics.

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Blaze589

Nope. The ribbon is just minimized. Btw I like the ribbon interface. I don't know why people hate it though...

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Zoandar

If they are like me, they oppose sweeping sudden changes that cause them to have to hunt down the controls they previously had memorized. It is as if you had an Office program that was voice-controlled and since version one was in English, and then this new version speaks only Klingon. "Change is good" often applies to certain things, but not to previously intuitive user interfaces. If someone were learning Office on the new version for the first time, it might seem very nice. But not to those of us hailing from the beginnings of Office. It's just too different and nothing is where it 'should be' with the Ribbon interface.

It is in fact one of the main reasons I STAY with OpenOffice. :-)

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livebriand

I've found the ribbon a lot easier to use than the office 2003 style. It's so much more logical and easier to find things in. Heck, that's the main thing keeping me from switching to openoffice.

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OCFRED

"Minimized", whatever it's progress in the right direction and looks far less cluttered than what shipped with Vista; credit where due.

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