Microsoft Office 2007 codebase finalized

Microsoft has finalized the codebase for Office 2007. And with a release to manufacturing date for both it and Windows Vista looming at November 30th, the timing couldn’t be any better. The release sports new file formats (which I hate, being an user, the last thing I need is another hurdle thrown into OOo’s Microsoft Office compatibility) and a new interface (which I’ll probably also hate, I like the idea of the menu bar, and one of the things that I really hated about IE 7 is the lack of a menu bar by default, and even if you do turn it on it appears in the wrong position).

As an aside, could anyone who has actually used the new ribbon interface comment on how it stacks up against the previous menu-driven interface?

Microsoft wraps up work on new Office [CNET]

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