HCI of upcoming Word 2007

Julie Larson-Green from Microsoft has held a presentation „Moving Beyond Menus and Toolbars in Microsoft Office“ (Attention: Windows Player needed – VLC or DivX-plugins won’t work.) at Stanford University Program in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) this year in January.

The presentation sports some interesting facts visualized very well. E.g. the history of Word and its functionality is put in three nice graphics. Julie has recognized an important fact: People spend more 1-on-1 time with Office than with their spouses
This is at least true for all knowledge workers using Office. The next interesting statement: You must remove to simplify This approach now lead to the latest feature added (not removed!) to Office, called the „Ribbon“. One really remarkable approach nevertheless can be recognized: Results-oriented Design which is realized through Live-Preview of actions and Template-based actions.

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Why do I blog this? I just want to put this information here to show and keep reminded, that any UI can be screwed up within three releases. If you had a look at the presentation, please share your ideas about the Ribbon-feature.