In a 3 part post in Network World's Security Strategies Alert Column, M. E. Kabay explores why Microsoft changed the User Interface (UI) with Office 2007 and did not provide a classic view for users happy with the old UI.
As most readers know, the Office 2007 suite has a radically different user interface, called the Microsoft Office Fluent user interface (UI), in which familiar functions are grouped in new ways.
- Some functions have disappeared entirely.
- The limited user-definable toolbar is restricted to a single roll of symbols.
- Icons in the user definable toolbar cannot be customized.
- There is no way to revert to the more familiar Office 2003 (or older) interface.
The new UI has been a source of user frustration and has slowed adoption of the new version of Office at our institution.