"Abismal - That's what the half star means."0.5 starson by bafrank
Pros: Pretty, I guess, but I would fire the guy in charge of the design team
Cons: .docx - really, there's no one smart enough at MS to figure out how to keep the world most common program consistent?
Tabs/ribbon set-up, looks pretty but grossly dysfunctional
Summary: Ok, I get it, they want people to migrate, to buy the new version to keep flagging revenues up, they are basically out of new additional wiz-bangs that no one ever uses, so can't add much here, great, "let's redesign the UI." On the surface a great argument. But in practice, really, one of the worst foul-ups in all software history. If I were Balmer, I would walk down to the dudes office who was in charge of the new UI, plunk my silly sweet 2k ultra high resolution wide-screen laptop down in front of him. Open a word, or excel file and ask him this: "Why can't I see more then a paragraph of the document that I am working on?" Oh, right, those stupid tabs and big buttons you created are immovable and along the TOP of the screen? WHY? My screen is 16:9 format, as are most monitors and laptops these days. They are nearly twice as wide as they are tall. Why oh why do I need a third of the screen filled from the TOP filled with buttons (that can't be moved to the left or right panes -which are inevitably blank). Then I would fire him.What's wrong with Cnet's editors? Are they really this disconnected from public opinion? Or are they just scared to anger the MS the Giant? The user reviews barely scrape 2 stars with the most weighing in at the absolute bottom. They give it a 3.5 with a go go MS tag line. Silliness.
And .docx! REALLY? I mean REALLY. So now we have %96 percent of the computers in the world, using TWO formats. Lure the customer, make the program better, improve it, then people will buy it, so you don't have to force them to, and **** off most of the world, risking millions of dollars in wasted time while people email back and forth "oh wait I can't read it." As a university faculty member, I explicitly forbid my students to use .Docx. Why? you might ask? Because, if they get used to using it, then say send an application for study abroad, or a scholarship off, using .docx to an institution that doesn't happen to have the updated version yet, that institution "might" be kind enough to send one of those previously unnecessary emails asking them for the old version, but probably, their application just goes on the "deal with it later pile..." So, MS has possibly just cost them a life changing opportunity. That's why you don't mess with a format that is an absolute world standard... no matter what.
Overall this update was a complete blunder on a scale that only Microsoft can achieve. If they would sell me a text editor, that can track changes, and do some pretty basic formatting, and save and read all their new stupid formats, I would buy it. But I don't, and really can't use the new Office, because I can't see enough of my work to get anything done. I suppose the only good thing to come from this is I expect someone soon will come up with a decent alternative.
Updated on Oct 11, 2010
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