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From the Vaults: The Office Ribbon (Premium)

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In 2005, I learned about Microsoft's secret plan to revolutionize the Office user interface with something called the ribbon.

It was controversial from the get-go, with many avid Office users arguing that Microsoft had ruined the software they used every day. But I saw what Microsoft was trying to accomplish. And I still applaud this effort to transform the user interface of a mature productivity suite that many thought, even then, was tired, old, and unchangeable.

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