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The Pervading Ribbons of Windows 8

“When Microsoft introduced the Ribbon user interface as a replacement for the overgrown menus and toolbars in Microsoft Office 2007, many were shocked.

The change was audacious for such a mature software product, and it completely blew away years of ingrained shortcuts and skills.

But the Ribbon UI was also innovative, and useful, and it provided a way to make previously hidden functionality far more discoverable.

It was so successful, in fact, that Microsoft began adding it to other products, including the Windows Live Essentials apps and, in Windows 7, both Paint and WordPad.In Windows 8, Ribbon usage is accelerating again, and Microsoft’s next major OS will include this UI in the most visible of all possible places, Windows Explorer.”

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