ARS Technica spotted leaked pictures of Microsoft's Office 15 at The Verge. The images reveal the software giant is trying to fuse its ribbon interface with Windows 8's Metro layout.
The Office 15 applications have an interface that has been substantially pared down. The ribbon itself will now default to being collapsed, and the gradients, panels, and dividing lines that are a major feature of the current Office interface have for the most part been removed.
Getting rid of this clutter is a major feature of the Metro aesthetic. So too is the greater dependence on typography and words, rather than icons; as another nod to Metro ideals, the ribbon's tabs now use upper-case type, and instead of using icons to switch between mail, contacts (renamed "people" in Office 15, aligning it with the terminology used in Windows Phone and Windows 8), calendars, and tasks, Outlook 15 will use Metroesque words.
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Re: Leaked Office 15 screenshots reveals fusion of Metro and ribbon by Anonymous on Saturday, February 25 2012 @ 16:25:02 CET
Slick as long as you don't harm Outlook's functionality which a lot of people are very attached to. I think you can update the interface without harming the overall function, but that needs to be kept in mind.