Where’s the Ribbon?
A couple of folks have asked, in blog posts and comments, why Windows Live Writer doesn’t look more like Word 2007 with its ribbon interface. As far as I know, the ribbon interface is exclusive to Office 2007 so far. Not even Vista has any ribbons built in.
If anything, we should be adopting the look of the other Windows Live apps like Messenger and Mail Desktop. And we intend to, we just haven’t gotten around to that yet–we thought Writer was too good of a tool to keep secret until we got everything right.
So where did Writer’s current look come from? Anyone who’s used our last product already knows–we reused a lot of the UI framework that was created for Onfolio. It was the easiest way for us to hit the ground running without looking like a generic Windows Forms application.
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