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Office 2013 Interface - Really? This is The Best They Can Do?


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#1 Scorbing

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 14:24

Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse on the Microsoft Windows 8 world...

Take a look at the new Office 2013. This is a screenshot of Microsoft Word 2013 and Outlook 2013, the final version. My question on my mind is: What kind of drugs were those designers doing when they did this? I got a headache from looking at this for over 5 minutes. This is ridiculously white. Too bright for the eyes and no way to change it to anything acceptable, except for a light gray or dark gray, which are not darker at all and don't make things any better.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 14:25

You can change from white to dark / grey, but not a massive improvement, I agree, its bland and painful on the eyes

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 14:27

I've got mine set at dark grey, and it's fine on my eyes.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 14:28

Looks fine to me.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 14:28

Light grey is decent for me, i would prefer an option inbetween light grey and grey though.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 14:31

The default white is definitely a pain in the eyes but the dark gray is fine for me. I wish they had an even darker one to further separate tha background from the page itself.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 14:31

Personally, I can deal with the serious lack of contrast, but I agree with the OP, 2010's just looked a lot nicer overall and is easier on the eyes. But what's killing 2013 for me is the terrible font rendering, and killing off hardware acceleration to "fix" it isn't an option.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 14:33

I hate the amount of white color used in the interface. Seriously wants to burn my retinas. I miss the black theme of Office 2007/2010.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 14:33

You can change from white to dark / grey, but not a massive improvement, I agree, its bland and painful on the eyes


Getting rid of Aero was a mistake. At least Aero was pleasant. This is their excuse to get rid of Aero:

"Microsoft's most panned OS. Harris has relatively little to say beyond describing the Aero as having the "appearance of highly rendered glass, light sources, reflections, and other graphically complex textures." But he does add this: "This style of simulating faux-realistic materials...looks dated and cheesy now, but at the time, it was very much en vogue."

Source: http://news.cnet.com...esy-drops-aero/

Cheesy he said? Did he really said that Aero looks Cheesy? or I'm I seeing things? How wrong is that. Aero looks ten times better than this new UI garbage they stuck on us. What is the matter with that dude.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 14:46

I think this (outlook 2010) was much more nicer to look at and pleasant to the eyes than the new 2013 version.

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I am seriously itching to go back to Office 2010. This is getting to me.

#11 Rigby

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 14:49

I agree, Office 2010 looks so much better. I hate how they are making everything flat and colorless now.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 14:51

I think 2013 looks better. Preference I suppose. I use Word and Outlook everyday in a classroom setting. Word is defiantly easier to make notes and handouts for students on.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 14:52

The new Office 2013 looks like something out of the Windows 95 era. So ugly.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 14:55

I think this (outlook 2010) was much more nicer to look at and pleasant to the eyes than the new 2013 version.



I am seriously itching to go back to Office 2010. This is getting to me.


I agree. At risk of sounding the rabid Windows 8 defenders, I think the new Office is visually a big step back. It looks like something I would install and use in 1996, but I guess old is new and new is old. Aero Glass was looking a bit long in the tooth, but I was a fan of the refined version of it in the DP and RC. But I really like the Whistler-like thing they have going now. :)

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 14:57

I'm using Office 2007 at the moment, upgrading to 2013 isn't cheap either...