I'm working on an interface for a new product and considering using the MS
fluent user interface as a model instead of your basic menus. I've been
googling it this morning and there's actually a surprising lack of UX
writing on the subject - or I am simply not finding it.
I don't want to use something without having a good understanding of it
first. I did read this from MS
A while back, there was a lot of chatter about the MS Ribbon... but around
patenting issues. Since Office 2007 has been out for some time now, I'm
surprised that I haven't seen a whole lot of mention (or complaining!) about
this new paradigm here, considering MS has basically attempted to redefine
the desktop UI from the weathered (and tired?) pull-down menu method to a
whole new task-based "right tools at the right time" approach.
I'd love to hear people's thoughts on their use of the Ribbon in various
Granted, it's a shift, and that requires learning.