Andrew Connell

And the VS team's promise was as true as it could be... until O12 popped from around the corner...

For a while, one of the points the VS.NET team was touting in their demos and selling points was that ~finally~ we were going to get the latest and greatest UI controls that were used in the flagship products, namely Office. When VS 2003 shipped, we didn’t get the same controls that were included in Office 2003. Some third parties were able to provide the same look & feel as well as the same functionality such as Infragistics, DevExpress, and ComponentOne to name a few. However, as leaked prior to, and unveiled at the PDC in Los Angelas earlier this month, we have all seen that the new version of Office 12 will have a MAJOR revamp of the user interface. We no longer have a ton of toolbars and menus and instead we now have tabs, galleries, and the ribbon! Oh well… wonder how long it will take to see the third parties generate their own version of the ribbon. ...

For a while, one of the points the VS.NET team was touting in their demos and selling points was that ~finally~ we were going to get the latest and greatest UI controls that were used in the flagship products, namely Office. When VS 2003 shipped, we didn’t get the same controls that were included in Office 2003. Some third parties were able to provide the same look & feel as well as the same functionality such as Infragistics , DevExpress , and ComponentOne to name a few.

However, as leaked prior to, and unveiled at the PDC in Los Angelas earlier this month, we have all seen that the new version of Office 12 will have a MAJOR revamp of the user interface. We no longer have a ton of toolbars and menus and instead we now have tabs, galleries, and the ribbon!

Oh well… wonder how long it will take to see the third parties generate their own version of the ribbon.

Andrew Connell
Founder & Chief Course Artisan, Voitanos LLC. | Microsoft MVP
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Andrew Connell is a web developer with a focus on Microsoft Azure & Microsoft 365. He’s received Microsoft’s MVP award every year since 2005 and has helped thousands of developers through the various courses he’s authored & taught. Andrew’s the founder of Voitanos and is dedicated to delivering industry-leading on-demand video training to professional developers. He lives with his wife & two kids in Florida.