I just bought 3 new computers, and the vendor shipped them with OEM of Office 2007 Pro. I didn’t really think about this at the time, but once I booted one of the machines to configure it for a new user, it hit me. I will very likely have to buy 3 Office 2003 Pro licenses in the next few days.
My users will absolutely haet the ribbon interface! I just know it. Most of them can’t even get through the day without crying with just the regular, plain vanilla interface. When they get exposed to Office 2007 they will flip! In the end I will need to supply them with a non-retarded version of the product. Some something tells me I should stock up on Office 2003 licenses now, before they are completely out of the market.
Office 2007 will be horribly confusing to users who are less than tech savvy. Everything is in different places, familiar menus are gone from Word and Excel, buttons are cluttered up in weird places, and the whole interface is confusing. People who work with office for years develop certain familiarity with the software. Call it muscle memory, call it habits – whatever it is, they know where certain functions are located, and they know how to get to them fast. Not anymore – Office 2007 is a completely different animal, and you need to re-learn much of old skills, and change your habits to work with it.
I regret that I activated the first OEM. But I will use it as a test case. I will send it to the user and see if he can deal with it. If not, I will get him an Office 2003 copy, and then uninstall it from the other two machines without activating.
Personally – I don’t care. I use Office to type up my Resume and that’s about it. I hate it – always hated it, and always will hate it. But in the end, I don’t really mind the ribbon. Conceptually it is an interesting interface – perhaps it’s a good idea. Perhaps it is indeed the more intuitive interface. But some of the people I work have been shitting their brains out through their noses trying to grok the regular Word and Excel interface. They still don’t get it. They still call be with idiotic questions whenever they need to do something more complicated than making the text bold, or underlined. But at least they got the basics down through repetition, muscle memory, and good old LART induced conditioning. I don’t think I would ever have the heart to expose them to this ribbon monstrosity without a way out. It’s just to cruel.
I tell you, I’ve seen grown men cry like little girls because of weird Office errors. I’ve seen them reach their intellectual limits trying to fathom the way Word uses section breaks and column breaks. I’ve seen real, authentic fear in their eyes – I smelled the stench of absolute, utter horror. Most of you will never see this kind of fear, confusion and horror in a mans face. This kind of fear, can only be evoked by imminent threat of death, or by Microsoft Office.
And that’s just with regular, plain old office. Can I really subject them to the ribbon? Half of my staff will instantly have a stress induced stroke, combined with a heart attack. The other half will probably instantly shit their pants out of horror, then start crying and hand in the 2 week notice on the spot. This cannot be.
If Microsoft is wandering why corporate uptake of Office 2007 is so low, its because users “haet the ribbon”. There is this old saying: if it ain’t broke, don’t fucking fix it. The one and only think that was not broken in Office 2003 was the interface. It worked, it was robust and familiar. What the fuck were they thinking?
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