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  Windows Scenic: Windows 7’s Ribbon-based UI platform
Time: 00:03 EST/05:03 GMT | News Source: istartedsomething | Posted By: Kenneth van Surksum

Long Zheng:It looks like the much anticipated new user-interface platform for Windows 7 and Windows Live Wave 3 applications is being called “Windows Scenic”, if the recently available Windows Live Wave 3 Movie Maker and leaked screenshot of Windows 7’s Paint application is any indication. They are both built with one and the same UI framework.

Several months ago there were indications Microsoft was working on an Office 2007 Ribbon-inspired interface for Windows 7 which at the time sounded bizarre and is still today. How it is implemented in “Scenic” is literally stripping the Ribbon out of Office. In fact so literal Scenic’s DLLs include resources from Office 2007 Beta 2 and the existence of a “Ribbon menu”

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#1 By 1896 (68.153.171.248) at 9/18/2008 6:22:58 AM
Disclaimer: I ama big fan of the "Ribbon" in Office.

Considering that one of the feature of WIndows 7 will be, or should be, "Multitouching" the use of the "Ribbon" makes sense. The big risk is how extensive the "Ribbon/WIndows Scenic" will be.
I really hope they will avoid what happened with Office 2007 where Outlook, one of the most used application of the suite, got "ribbonized" only partially because of time constrains.
What people look for is consistency so I am all in favor of this evolution as long is going to be available everywhere it could be useful.

#2 By 23275 (68.186.182.236) at 9/18/2008 9:23:27 AM
Fritz, Outlook 2007 makes greater use of the Fluent UI (AKA Ribbon (Fluid UI by some at MS)) than any other O2K7 suite member. Once a task has been selected, the user is presented with the Fluent UI. Only the initial screen does not and it does not, because as you suggest, it would not be useful - there are too few initial tasks and far too great an installed familiarity with Outlook's starting points among users for the Fluent UI to have been appropriate for the initial screen. See "The Story of the Ribbon" here, http://blogs.msdn.com/jensenh/archive/2008/03/12/the-story-of-the-ribbon.aspx

This has been one of the most interesting talks I have experienced.

***the fluent UI and very similar uses of the ribbon in the same way as OL2K7 uses it (where appropriate) may be found in Techsmith's SnagIT 9.x like OL, SnagIT kept its initial screen and uses the Fluent UI where most appropriate.

#3 By 2960 (70.177.180.170) at 9/23/2008 8:48:54 AM
I know a lot of people like the ribbon interface, but I'm not one of them...

Maybe I'm just an old Dog :)

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