The Haters are not the only ones hating Microsoft Office
Why is there so much hatred for Microsoft Office? Apparently, it’s the ribbons. Those bloated features laid out under countless tabs you find in Word, Excel, Powerpoint or Access. But there are people on the Internet that are better at expressing this deep seated hostility better than myself. Let’s hand over the soap box to them shall we?
Here are some catchy headers I found while doing an Internet search:
Hate the Microsoft Office Ribbon? You may not be alone.
Why the Microsoft Office Ribbon is still rubbish?
Is it normal to hate Microsoft Word as much as I’m starting to?
The next one is my favorite.
Oh the horror! Why is Microsoft pushing the hated Windows Ribbon for Office:Mac?
How to get users to hate your product more: make popular functions disappear.
Luaan writes in May of 2016, “ctrl-insert no longer works as “copy to clipboard” in your application? Too bad, you just lost all those old-school MS-DOS users. F2 no longer saves the file? No button to save the current document? No quick way to open a “Find and Replace” dialog?”
Of course, there are people who have a knack of accepting the dreary.
Heather Schwedel of Slate magazine wrote, “The normal way to feel about Microsoft Word, I’ve gathered, is somewhere on a spectrum from muted tolerance to outright hatred. “‘I don’t think you’re allowed to like Word,” Paul Ford, the writer and founder of the software company Postlight told me. “It doesn’t matter what my opinion is. It’s like asking what is my opinion of thunder or what is my opinion of weather? It’s just part of our existence now.”
Increasing the number of distractions (remember Clippy?), Microsoft last year acquired Linkedln for the express purpose of coercing social media interactions as a way to keep you from actually working.
To hone in the point, let’s go toMy version of Word, a relatively recent one, is not that different from the original, born in software’s Pleistocene epoch. It isn’t networked to my friends, family and professional contacts, and that’s the point. Writing on Word may be the only time I spend on my computer in which I can keep the endless distractions in the networked world out of sight.”
Debbie Wallis and her husband Robert, are owners of AXbean and creators of QuikBots for Microsoft Office. They reside in the central valley area of Sacramento, California between agriculture and government central. When they’re not working, you can see them running about outside, exploring shops, chowing down at all kinds of eateries and whenever possible, being more curious than a cat. Find out more at AXbean.com.
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