Office 2010 Pictorial Review

I’ve been trying Office 2010 Technical Preview and reviewed it for The Register.

One of my first questions: what has happened to the Ribbon? Answer: it’s still there, which won’t please ribbon haters; in fact, it’s more prominent than ever, and has arrived in Outlook:

[You’ll also notice the new Quick Steps panel in the screenshot, a new approach to simple macro building.]

Still, there’s one big difference with the ribbon in Office 2010: you can customize it without having to be a developer:

That said, I don’t like this dialog; it’s ugly and complicated. Remember how you could customize toolbars in Office 2003 by drag-and-drop? This is a Technical Preview though, and could change.

Part 2: Excel Sparklines, the Office Button revisited

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