I am wondering how many of you Neowinians have an opinion of the Ribbon UI introduced in Microsoft Office 2007? Do you find that it increases your productivity or greatly reduces it? I am sure that you are all aware of this, but the Ribbon is a controversial user interface element, and if your productivity is reduced because of the Ribbon, there are several tutorials and tools written to safely disable the feature; one such tool is Winaero's Ribbon Disabler.
As for me, I find that the Ribbon makes finding more advanced tasks easier. For example, by default, the Command Bar in Windows Vista and Windows 7 does not include options such as Copy To and Move To. These commands are, quite literally, front and center on the Ribbon in Windows 8. In fact, the Ribbon UI in Windows 8 is probably my favorite feature in that operating system! That is not to say that the I do not find faults with the Ribbon . . . It seems that in its attempt to make lesser known commands more discoverable, Microsoft had forgotten about more common commonly used commands. For example, why doesn't Paint include Undo and Redo options on the Ribbon?
For those interested, the Ribbon has a long history. Back in 2008, Microsoft's Jensen Harris had presented a session called The Story of the Ribbon, which discussed the design process and included several images of Ribbon prototypes. The Ribbon design goes back to 2003 when Windows "Longhorn" was in development.