Microsoft is presenting Office 12 at the PDC this week and posted an interview along with a few screenshots on its website. One of the changes of Office 12 will be a dramatic change in the user interface that will help use become more proficient with Office and produce better-looking documents faster, according to Microsoft.
While the Office applications have increased tremendously in power and added functionality in response to customer needs, the core UI has remained substantially unchanged for nearly 20 years. The command bar in Microsoft Office Word 2003, for example, looks much the same as the command bar in Word 2.0 did in 1998. In fact, the new UI is the biggest, most visible change to the way the core Office applications work since the introduction of the toolbar in 1997.
To learn more about the new UI, how it will make it easier for information workers to do great work, and why Microsoft decided to implement the transformation, PressPass spoke with Julie Larson-Green, group program manager for the Office User Experience at Microsoft.