I recently ran into this video that walks people through what exactly the “Ribbon” is in the new Office (2007?). While I like generally what they are trying to achieve, I still think they are missing the mark a bit. Especially when it comes to Outlook.
My understanding is that all the office products except Outlook have gotten this new look/feel. I don’t quite get this. I spend lots of time in Work and PowerPoint so these new features are nice, but in generally I am getting what I want out of those products. My sore point (and its been a sore point for years now) has been Outlook.
Outlook is the new Crystal Reports to me. An indepensible tool that I spend far too much time in and that is the best of a very bad lot of programs. Is Outlook better than Thunderbird? Sure. But so is GoogleMail. I still have a ton of problems with outlook and performance. I haven’t gottem my hands on Office 2007, but when I do that’s where I’ll be most interested in the changes.
It seems to me that Outlook is getting over-looked in the 2007 revamp. Much like what happened in Office 97. Microsoft needs to look hard and understand that Outlook is the first program I am open, and often the last thing I close. Making it perform better (especially in the use of threads during the retrieval of mail and subsequent running of rules) will win them more friends than more eye-poping charts in excel.
But that is just my opinion…I could be wrong…