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Office 12 borrows from Aqua interface?

updated 02:40 pm EDT, Tue September 13, 2005

Office 12 Aqua?

Screenshots have surfaced from what appears to be the forthcoming Microsoft for Windows. Many Mac and Windows users point out that several interface elements shown in the screenshots bear resemblance to Apple's Aqua interface. There are several instances of blue Aqua-like "capsules" in the new interface. Additionally, toolbars and window backgrounds sport a color scheme similar to Apple's Brushed Metal appearance. Microsoft's upcoming Windows Vista and Office 12 make heavy use of transparency. Apple first unveiled the Aqua interface in 2000, and it has been the foundation of all Apple interfaces since.




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  1. Rosyna

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Better Links

    http://blogs.msdn.com/bowerm/archive/2005/09/13/464798.aspx

    http://blogs.msdn.com/bowerm/archive/2005/09/13/464864.aspx

  1. hitoro

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    MS Office (trademark)

    A productivity tool that doesn't sport the same user interface twice in a row.

  1. Rolnif

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Reminds me of KDE

    Looks more like KDE than Mac OS X. Sure, it has the metal interface, but look at those delicious KDE-like icons!

  1. cvbcvb

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Mac Office

    Anyone know when the next version of Mac Office will be released?

    CVB

  1. Ralf_Wiggum

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    linux

    I agree. This looks more like a themed Linux than OS X.

  1. mattyd

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    WOW

    WOW. That's just awful. The hole tabbed menu bar thing is just all wrong. I guess that's what they mean by "task-based" computing. But, blech. Just... blech.

  1. lmhaffner

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    maybe...

    But look at the button/tab in this particular screenshot. What I'm stunned by is their use of nearly the *exact* shade of blue.

    http://pdc.xbetas.com/images/word-12-dev.png

    Why do they do this? Because they can? It just invites comments about their lack of originality.... i don't get it.

  1. noka

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Bad UI Design

    Glad to see they still can't get it right... It's so funny how there's like 4 different UI paradigms going on there.

    Keep it up, M$... dipsh!ts.

  1. ApeInTheShell

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    This terrible

    If you look at Mac OS X 10.0 and Windows Vista the similarities are striking. Of course, we eventually got candy buttons wheras they have fluffy marshmallow buttons. I don't think the tab interface is going to work quite as well as Microsoft has planned. Even my Dad has trouble with tabs in Safari and he is a windows fan.

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