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Unwinding the Ribbon

A week or two ago, I asked faithful Redmond Report readers if they love or hate the Office ribbon interface. First, I want to thank the 50 or so folks that took the time to write. Your work was not in vain.

About half of your letters were posted in the newsletter, and I showed the other half to an Office product manager when I was in Redmond last week. His eyes bugged out a bit when he saw just how disruptive the new interface is. While many would never return to the standard toolbar, most of you wish Microsoft would go back in time and reverse its decision to go with the ribbon.

Venture Architects Labs feels your pain. If you've got a spare Jackson in your wallet, the company will send you ToolbarToggle, which implements the old toolbar in the new Office 2007 suite.

I can save you that $20 and hundreds more. Send me $5 and I'll tell you in person to stick with Office 2003 and download the free translator so you can work with newer XML-based files. Now, that's a bargain!

Posted by Doug Barney on April 24, 2007 at 11:52 AM