Licensing the 2007 Microsoft Office User Interface

There had been some speculation about this in the local press

SMH : Office offers to untie the ribbon

Microsoft may freely license parts of its revolutionary new user interface for its Office 2007 software suite. On the eve of the Office release, the software giant's lawyers are wrestling with ways to protect their intellectual property in what they consider a major innovation, while avoiding a repeat of the costly and drawn-out legal wars it experienced in the early 1990s. The software giant has radically redesigned its user interface for the popular Word, Excel and PowerPoint programs to be released next week. Gone is the traditional "menu and taskbar" GUI (graphical user interface), replaced by a new feature dubbed the "ribbon", which melds the two.

The definitive post is by Jensen Harris - Licensing the 2007 Microsoft Office User Interface

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For ISVs this is great news. Build applications using the advanced features of the new Office User Interface

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    One of the first things that happens when a new version of Office appears is that people start to use

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