Critiquing the Office 2007 (was Re: Microsofttolicense Office 2007 UI system)

29 Nov 2006 - 8:57am
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Mark Schraad

Not sure this dialog warrents any sort of "our team, your team" sentiments. That apple vs pc thing amounts to a ford vs chevy argument that is not won... just debated as a mater of personal preference and brand loyalty. I think what the majority of positive comments targeted was Microsoft's concerted and successful effort towards a better UI - not neccessarily the "best" ap. That is a fairly important distinction from not only a product/company perspective, but also in keeping these discussions focused.


On Wednesday, November 29, 2006, at 08:13AM, "Todd Zaki Warfel" <lists at> wrote:
>I didn't think it needed an explanation. But if you'd like one, then
>I'd say that iWork is a much better product in that it's more suited
>for that 95%. I work in iWork pretty much all day (in and out). I
>don't find that I need to have a large ribbon of options available to
>get my work done, which includes:
>* writing proposals
>* invoicing
>* writing case studies
>* writing reports
>* making to-do lists
>and a few other things that I used to do in Word.
>And for Keynote, well, it blows PPT away in it's simplicity and
>straightforwardness. I did a presentation a couple of weeks ago for
>World Usability Day in Princeton and received several compliments on
>how beautiful the slides were. Now part of that might be my attention
>to simple design, but that is influenced by the environment I work in
>Does Pages have all the features Word does? Nope. And frankly, I hope
>it stays that way. I don't need a semi tractor trailer to drive
>around town every day. Same goes for Keynote - although it does have
>much better transitions than PPT (admittedly, I only use 2-3 of them).
>A couple of gripes - Pages doesn't have Track Changes. That's
>something that would be useful. And the palette model they use for
>iWork isn't that great in my opinion. It works kind of like the MS
>Ribbon in that each "collection" of features (e.g. Paragraph
>formatting options) is contained under a group. MS uses tabs, Apple
>uses buttons.
>However, finding out about an undocumented feature that allows you to
>have multiple palettes open at once takes care of that gripe.
>So, yes, Pages is more innovative and better in that it does what 95%
>of the people need and only has 16 elements exposed by default
>instead of 55. Or if you expose the Inspector (their version of the
>ribbon), then you're up to about 25 instead of 55. Less than half the
>clutter and in a more efficient manner.
>Now, if they could just implement that contextual formatting...
>On Nov 28, 2006, at 6:35 PM, Dan Saffer wrote:
>> On Nov 28, 2006, at 2:04 PM, James Melzer wrote:
>>> I'm not going to comment, except to say:
>>> pages/ ...?
>> What does that mean exactly? A link with no explanation isn't much of
>> a comment. Are you suggesting Pages 2 is more innovative/better? If
>> so, how and why?
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