Microsoft just unveiled the new UI to Office 12, and I’ve got to say: it is a huge departure from previous interfaces.
The new UI – the most dramatic change to the way Office applications work since introduction of the toolbar in 1997 – will help users become more proficient with Office and produce better-looking documents faster.
I like the smooth look of the interface. Things are organized a lot better, though the area devoted to toolbars seems pretty tall… not really an issue with most people’s screens having higher resolutions these days. I love the shading and shadows… Nice work Microsoft… can’t wait to see more.