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Office 12 UI

I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time getting excited about Office – sure, I use Word, Excel and PowerPoint daily but for the last, well, decade, there really hasn’t been anything to get too worked up about. That said, today I watched something that really got my attention. While I realize this isn’t the freshest of news items, the video from Channel 9 (gotta love Robert Scoble) on Office 12 has been kicking around our offices lately and to tell you the truth – it really is quite something (maybe not quite as exciting as the multi touch interface, but c’mon, this is a business application). The live preview idea is fantastic; (feels rather Ajaxy if I do say so myself!) I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done something only to hit Undo… I also really like the clean UI – it sure looks like it’s a much better approach. Bravo!

For more information, check out this overview from Microsoft as well as Jensen Harris‘ posts: The Long Road to Contextual Tabs and It’s All About Context. Say what you will about MS but they’ve got some really bright people and some of the best usability folks around – and for the first time in, well, forever, I’m actually excited about upgrading!

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