Beyond Menus and Toolbars in Microsoft Office by Jensen Harris. I know from many of my conversations that you are eager to understand the new "Ribbon" user interface (UI). So, I thought I'd share this presentation. Jensen Harris, the lead UI designer for the Office UI suite. He gave this presentation to a community before the product was finished. While I think it really a surprise that we were talking about at that time, I'm really jazzed that we did. It is atypical of us to to discuss a product before launch. But as per the quote from the session", alongside the serious risk of completely redoing a core product, and giving all the design control to a team of user experience designers, we need to open the black box and explaining it to the community".
Jensen's blog also details the design strategy so far at: http://blogs.msdn.com/jensenh.
Check out the personation at:http://www.baychi.org/calendar/20051213/
Would it be worthwhile to see if we can get some of the team up here to chat?