Grading On the Curve (Why the UI, Part 8)

This is the eighth part in my eight-part series of entries in which I outline some of the reasons we decided to pursue a new user interface for Office 2007. Over the last two posts, I’ve discussed the Customer Experience Improvement Program and some of the data we’ve collected from the program. How do we…

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No Distaste for Paste (Why the UI, Part 7)

This is the seventh part in my eight-part series of entries in which I outline some of the reasons we decided to pursue a new user interface for Office 2007. Last time I issued a challenge: for readers to pick the most-used command in Microsoft Word 2003 and also the top 5 most-used commands (bonus…

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Inside Deep Thought (Why the UI, Part 6)

This is the sixth part in my eight-part series of entries in which I outline some of the reasons we decided to pursue a new user interface for Office 2007. Microsoft is tracking your every move! Soon after you install Office 2003 on your computer, a balloon pops up asking if you would like to…

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Tipping the Scale (Why the UI, Part 5)

This is the fifth part in my eight-part series of entries in which I outline some of the reasons we decided to pursue a new user interface for Office 2007. Over the last few articles, we’ve taken a trip through Ye Olde Museum of Office Past, looking specifically at Microsoft Word for Windows, starting with…

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New Rectangles to the Rescue? (Why the UI, Part 4)

This is the fourth part in my eight-part series of entries in which I outline some of the reasons we decided to pursue a new user interface for Office 2007. Last time I discussed the UI mechanisms added to Office 2000 intended to reduce the perception of bloat: Adaptive Menus and Toolbar Rafting. I did…

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Combating the Perception of Bloat (Why the UI, Part 3)

This is the third part in my eight-part series of entries in which I outline some of the reasons we decided to pursue a new user interface for Office 2007. Last time we started a walk down memory lane by taking a look at the first five major versions of Word for Windows. I ended…

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Ye Olde Museum Of Office Past (Why the UI, Part 2)

This is the second part in my eight-part series of entries in which I outline some of the reasons we decided to pursue a new user interface for Office 2007. Today, I want to take you on a journey. A journey that starts back into the cold recesses of the mid-1980s, back into the days…

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The Why of the New UI (Part 1)

This is the first in a series of entries in which I outline some of the reasons we decided to pursue a new user interface for Office 2007. Any discussion about the graphical user interface of computers today has to start all the way back at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in the…

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