Meet the Geek Whisperer’s latest contributor, Jason, and enjoy his first post:
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I don’t know how many of you out there have tried a Microsoft program in the past five years, but has anybody noticed that they are the opposite of user friendly. Seriously, with the exception of Internet Explorer, which at this point is pretty much just an out of date and unsecured rip off of Firefox, Microsoft programs are getting clunky.
Let’s start with Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 (that’s the big suite that contains Word, Excel and Powerpoint). These two programs are excellent. Easy to use interface and everything just seems to flow. And then Microsoft releases this garbage:
For those of you who don’t recognize this picture, that’s Windows Vista and the annoying pop-up that says, “Hey you, Stop! This might be bad for your computer or it might not be bad at all. I’m not sure even though you clicked OK ten times. So please click ‘Continue’ or ‘Cancel’ one more time.” I mean really, does it need to be there? The idea is great – Mac has been doing it for years. But Microsoft couldn’t get it work correctly.
Then Microsoft decided to release Microsoft Office 2007, cherry on top of Windows Vista.
Let me just say that after ten years, when an industry has a standard file format that works with everything (.doc, .ppt, and .xls among others) – releasing something brand new (.docx, .pptx, .xlsx among others) that doesn’t work with anything before was a really bad idea. The new file formats are not backwards compatible and are more of a pain in the butt than they are worth. And That’s the first big problem with Microsoft Office 2007 – the new interface is even worse. Why – if the toolbar at the top of the screen that has been there since the very first version of Windows works and is the same toolbar that everyone has gotten used to over the past 20 years would you replace it? And why would you replace it with some funky “ribbon” that is nothing like and in no way relates to what everyone is used to? Why completely change something that works just fine and replace it with something flashy and clunky?
And lastly, and most importantly – why would you not keep the previous toolbar option available so users of previous versions can use them if they so choose? I HAVE NO IDEA! But I do have a suggestion for all of you out there – skip this Office, just like you should be skipping Windows Vista and deal with what you’ve got.
But wait – there’s more – there’s the new Windows 7 – but I’m going to save that for another day.