So Nielsen is touting the new MS Office 12 UI changes. In the above article
he describes the changes to the Office UI citing it as a paradigm shift. He
also says something even more interesting to me:
" If anybody else introduced a new user interface paradigm, it would
probably remain a curiosity for years, but Microsoft Office has a special
status as the world's most-used interaction design. We know from user
testing that users often demand that other user interfaces work like Office.
When you're used to one style most of the day, you want it in other
applications and screens as well.
If the new interaction style works as well as early predictions indicate,
users will quickly expect many other user experiences to provide the power
of a results-oriented design. People don't like messing with commands and
preference settings on the Web, which is why most customization features
fail. It'll therefore be interesting to see how these new ideas translate
into environments far beyond Office-like productivity applications."
This means that all of us working in software (web or desktop) will most
likely have to face these shifts.
I'd be curious to hear what other people think of all this.