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It's ugly and confusing for most users. It made explorer seem like Office which is a bad thing. With all those buttons up there a simple user will get confused. Most of those options are useless and you use them rarely so there is no point for them to stay in front of your eyes and pollute the screen. Don't like what they want to do with 8. It's towards a bad direction for desktop environment. For tablets and smartphones maybe it will be nice though.
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As a professional I've seen the ribbon provide average users with the ability to actually use a lot of the more "advanced" Office components they could have never used before. At least, not without help. That alone has me convinced this is the right way to go. Let alone the fact the ribbons basically put all the buttons that matter right smack where you need them. Of course, I'll still prefer to use my keyboard any day.

I completely agree, I've worked retail, Engineering, and contract IT and all the jobs I've seen people benefit from the ribbon.

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It's ugly and confusing for most users. It made explorer seem like Office which is a bad thing. With all those buttons up there a simple user will get confused. Most of those options are useless and you use them rarely so there is no point for them to stay in front of your eyes and pollute the screen. Don't like what they want to do with 8. It's towards a bad direction for desktop environment. For tablets and smartphones maybe it will be nice though.

It may present more options, but aside from Office 2007 (the original ribbon which did suck), all the new iterations are completely organized and much easier to use then the traditional menu system, and can normally be set to auto-hide requiring you to hover over the top of the screen to make it shop up, so you don't lose any workspace. I'm actually surprised that over 5 years after the ribbon was introduced, people are still afraid of it.
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You know what's faster than the ribbon is Google. That's what I use when I want to find out how to fix something like when my footnotes are covering up my page numbers (or something goofy like that).

As far as a Windows Explorer ribbon goes, how much stuff would you really do there compared to MSWord? I'd say far less. Most of it is highlight/copy/paste and left/right clicks, maybe some searching and file sending. Nothing that requires going through any menu other than the right click menu. People who do file permissions, extensions, sharing, etc. will find that stuff anyways, ribbon or not and it won't affect the vast majority of users.
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I'm okay with the ribbon.

What really disturbs me is that they decided to remove the Start Button in recent Beta Screens.
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I like the Ribbon in Office, but then I never really used any version of Office prior to 2007. I used to use OO.org, but was never much of a "power user" and so it didn't take me long to learn the Ribbon interface. I did get a chance to use Office 2003 a fair bit at University (after having used 2007 and OOo) and I must say that while I don't so much mind the rest of the suite, Access 2003 is horrible to use. I ended up with floating toolboxes all over the place each with one or two things that I actually used. 2007 is much more streamlined.
    
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