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From Shenfeng Liu <liush...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [UX] Review of MS Office 2013 UI
Date Fri, 03 Aug 2012 05:35:00 GMT
Xin,
  Thanks very much for your sharing!
  During the discussion for AOO future release, most of us a agreed that
the modern UI should be the content in 4.0, together with the UX
improvements from Symphony code. And in a short term, many users even want
to get continuous support with little change on the current UI. But it
doesn't mean that we can not start early for the investigation at the
sametime we do fidelity improvement for next release like 3.5. Maybe we can
create a branch and do some technical pilot which can be demo by end of
this year or early next year, depends on how many volunteers we get.
Personally I desire very much to see a 4.0 with modern UI as early as
possible.

- Shenfeng


2012/8/3 Xin Li <lxnice123@gmail.com>

> Maybe it is also a right time for us to review the AOO UI?
>
> I installed office 2013, I see some new features: cloud integration, more
> templates for Word, PPT and Excel, touch mode, editing PDFs and  so on. I
> also see the big change on look and feel based on "Metro" design language.
> It is hard to say the design is good or not. Because every one has his own
> judgement. But we can have an analysis on the design. We can take a look at
> the UI advantage and disadvantage that we can consider it when we do the
> design for AOO.
>
> I'd like to share some my thoughts and understanding on "Metro" based on my
> work experience for WP7 before.
> We know that the "Metro" design language is not just designed for Office
> 2013. It begins with Windows Phone 7, and then Windows 8, and now
> obviously, Microsoft will use "Metro" design language as the next
> generation product design language, it will be applied on all MS products,
> so we see some Metro elements on Office 2013, it is followed the whole
> design metro.
> “Metro is light, clean, fast, content, typography.” These are principles
> stated by MS for Metro, If translate them to design objectives or creative
> brief: 1. Make users feels fast and responsive 2. Focus on primary tasks 3.
> Reduction of unnecessary elements 4. Delightful use of whitespace…We can
> essentially distill these points down to one word-SIMPLICITY or
> MINIMALIST:sense of responsiveness in user interface, reliance on less
> information (which in turn increases decision response in the end user) and
> a reduction in noises (distracting elements that add no value other than it
> was cool at the time)...
>
> I also found some office 2013 UI review from the internet:
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07/17/office2013_first_look/
>
> http://techsplurge.com/10846/microsoft-office-2013-review-metro-cloud-skype-tablet/
>
> Just for your references:)
>
>
> 2012/7/25 Kevin Grignon <kevingrignon.oo@gmail.com>
>
> > What elements of the MS Office UI could be emulated? Which elements
> should
> > be avoided? Where are there opportunities to improve?
> >
> > Thoughts?
> >
> > On Jul 21, 2012, at 5:22 AM, "Dennis E. Hamilton" <
> dennis.hamilton@acm.org>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > People who are curious about the Office 2013/365 UI can check out the
> > SkyDrive Web Apps preview that is now online,
> > >  <
> >
> http://www.zdnet.com/microsofts-updated-office-web-apps-whats-new-7000001314/
> > >
> > >  <https://skydrive.live.com/?officebeta=1>
> > >
> > > You'll need a Windows Live ID if you don't have one already.  It should
> > work from most browsers, including Chrome and FireFox, as well as IE.  I
> > just confirmed that it works with IE8 on Windows XP, not just IE9 on
> > Windows 7.  I also got the same results in Chrome on Zorin Core (a Ubuntu
> > derivative) x64 in Oracle VirtualBox.  I didn't manage it on my
> > WindowsPhone 7 though.
> > >
> > >  I stumbled on this yesterday and I noticed three things in looking
> > closer today:
> > >
> > > 1. The UI is much like that in the desktop versions of the Office
> > Preview (and it is easy to collapse the Ribbon for those who don't like
> it,
> > especially when just viewing).
> > >
> > > 2. In addition to SkyDrive storing ODT, ODP, and ODS format documents,
> > there is now support for viewing them and editing them in the WebApps.
>  For
> > the ODS that I uploaded and tested, it makes a copy for editing so that
> any
> > differences in ODF support don't corrupt the uploaded version.  There is
> > also a compatibility warning if the file copy is edited.  (There are such
> > warnings for Office features that aren't handled in the WebApps at this
> > time.)  It is thrilling to see the formulas be preserved and working, all
> > in the Excel UI.
> > >
> > > 3. The SkyDrive and Office WebApps available in browsers are very handy
> > for confirmation of document interchange problems.  This is another way
> to
> > convert documents between formats and also confirm what documents look
> like
> > in the Office applications, so long as WebApp features are sufficient.
> > >
> > > - Dennis
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Dennis E. Hamilton [mailto:dennis.hamilton@acm.org]
> > > Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2012 21:15
> > > To: ooo-dev@incubator.apache.org
> > > Subject: RE: [UX] Review of MS Office 2013 UI
> > >
> > > What I find interesting is the fact that inexpensive upgrades from
> > Windows XP to Windows 8 will be available.
> > >
> > > I have no idea how many XP configurations will qualify as able to run
> > Windows 8 though.
> > >
> > > There will be some sort of Windows 8 Compatibility Advisor program for
> > qualifying machines for upgrade.  I will try it on my aging Toshiba
> Tablet
> > PC as soon as I can.  I figure if there are problems, it is likely over
> > drivers that Toshiba didn't make available beyond Vista.
> > >
> > > I'm still startled by how well Office Preview handles and produces ODF
> > documents.  I haven't run anything very demanding though.
> > >
> > > - Dennis
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Rob Weir [mailto:robweir@apache.org]
> > > Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2012 19:51
> > > To: ooo-dev@incubator.apache.org
> > > Subject: Re: [UX] Review of MS Office 2013 UI
> > >
> > > On Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 11:13 AM, Kevin Grignon
> > > <kevingrignon.oo@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >> It appears that MS Office 2013 is starting to be reviewed. Check out
> the
> > >> C|NET review and supporting screen shots:
> > >>
> > >>
> >
> http://reviews.cnet.com/office-suites/the-new-microsoft-office/4505-3524_7-35374636.html
> > >>
> > >
> > > What I thought was interesting was that they were no longer going to
> > > support Windows XP and Vista.   Office 2013 will require Windows 7 or
> > > 8.
> > >
> > > If we look at OpenOffice, only 58% of our Windows downloaders have
> > > been on Windows 7. (<1% Wndows 8).  So 42% or so on versions of
> > > Windows that will not be supported in next version of MS Office.
> > >
> > > It will be interesting to see what happens around April 2014, when
> > > both Windows XP and Office 2003 support ends.  There could be a few
> > > hundred million users looking for a Windows productivity suite that is
> > > still supported by someone.
> > >
> > > -Rob
> > >
> > >> Regards,
> > >> Kevin
> > >
> >
>
>
>
> --
> Best regards,
> Xin Li   李欣
> UX designer
>

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