Yesterday we announced a program to licesne the Office User Interface design and while I might be able to capture most of the information.... I think Jensen express himself well on this and given his background provides some great insight... here's the link and a teaser on his conversation.
For the last year or so, one of the questions I've been asked again and again has been: "Can I use the new Office user interface in my own product?"
On one hand, it's an immensely satisfying question to hear, because it means that others in the industry believe in the value of what we've built and see how the sound UI research we've done can benefit their own products. Creating the new user interface has been our team's passion for the last three years, and we love sharing the fruits of this hard work........
Check out the rest at: Licensing the 2007 Microsoft Office User Interface
read about it on MSDN:
Here is a downloadable copy of the UI License and Licensing Program FAQ.
Watch it on:
Watch this Channel 9 video where Jensen Harris, Group Program Manager for the Office User Experience team, Jeremy Mazner, Developer Evangelist, and Judy Jennison, Associate General Counsel for the Office business, discuss the licensing program.