I’m In Louvre! (Galleries: Part 1 of 3)

As I mentioned last week, the Office 12 Ribbon was designed to host a variety of control types.  Most of these control types have been around as common controls in Windows for over a decade: push buttons, checkboxes, radio buttons, edit controls, combo boxes, etc. In addition to these, we designed a new control type…

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It’s All About Context

Right-click contextual menus were first introduced in Office 4.x (which included Word 6.0 and Excel 5.0) and went on to become a ubiquitous part of using software starting with Windows 95.  The basic idea behind context menus was to give power users a more efficient way of executing commands.  The concept of “object-oriented” design, both…

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Mythbusters: The Office 12 New UI

Although the amount of attention being paid to the new UI in news reports and especially the blogosphere has amazed even us, the quality and depth of the commentary varies widely.  (Not surprising, considering very few people will have a build to play with until beta 1.)  And, as can be expected with anything Microsoft…

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Enter the Ribbon

One of the core components of the new user experience is something we call the “Ribbon.” The Ribbon is a strip across the top of the window that exposes what the program can do. Here’s an example of what a Ribbon looks like: (click to enlarge) (Note: If you have only seen screenshots of the…

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My Schedule at PDC

I had a blast presenting today at PDC.  Thanks so much for all you I met in person for the kind words and feedback!   I’m very much enjoying the glut of blog entries and press articles about the announcment of new UI.  As expected, there are many opinions abound about what we’re doing, how we’ve done…


Office 12 New UI: The Cat’s Out

As you may have seen by now in many news articles as well as http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview, in this morning’s keynote at the Microsoft Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles, we demonstrated a new user interface that will debut in the next version of Office, code-named Office “12.”   At the core of the new Office user…

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Hello world!

(Isn’t that how you’re supposed to start anything computer-related?)   My name is Jensen Harris and I work on the Microsoft Office “user experience” team.  Our team is responsible for the overall interaction and visual design of the programs that ship in Office.  Although we work very closely with the individual application teams (Word, Excel,…

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