First Office 14 screenshot unveiled?

Microsoft enthusiast and blogger Stephen Chapman sends word that he has discovered an early concept Office 14 screenshot from a PowerPoint presentation hosted on Microsoft.com.

The screenshot itself appears to be from a slide deck detailing Grava's intergration into Office 14. Grava is a set of tools developed for the needs of those creating educational content. Stephen says he "noticed that instead of the Office logo in the orb, there's a 'G' to obviously signify Grava, so does this mean we're looking at a standalone Grava application or a conceptual idea for how the interface of Office might change to signify the user is currently using Grava? If nothing else, we can see the ribbon influence in yet another application and further indication that the ribbon is certainly not going away in Office 14."

You can see from the screenshot that the ribbon UI is slightly refined and image controls have been placed into the taskbar. Microsoft has kept quiet on Office 14 plans and many have speculated that development has been delayed for a 2010 release.

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not looks fake but it seems to be a prototype. Anyway there were over 100 GUI prototypes for office 12 ( 2007 ), so nothing prove that screenshot is the final GUI for office 14.

Yep, we have. I believe they showed a web version of Excel. Anyway, that screenshot of Office 14 is merely a concept. It's highly likely that it'll change drastically once it's released.

Oh, and why is it called Office 14? If I remember correctly, Office 2007 was dubbed Office 12 before it was released. I guess Microsoft is superstitious about the number 13.

nothing like having the top 1/3 of your monitor nothing but a ribbon...I guess soon it will be a must to have dual monitors so you can use the other monitor for your document. Looks like the 24" monitor with 1920x1200 will come in handy.

According to the UX Evangelist Blog (http://uxevangelist.blogspot.com/2009/01/first-office-14-screenshot_8710.html) this is a screenshot of a product called Grava, not Office.

That would make sense considering that it doesn't match any Office application directly. Personally I think Microsoft could do better with its product names / branding as InfoPath, Groove and Grava don't really jump out at you.

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I'm not convinced. It's way too much of a step backwards from 2007, the whole look to it screams amateur.. doesn't look like Microsoft.

Just looks like it's following the interface of the ribbon mixed with a bit of the darker grey ala expression/adobe CS4 suite. Not too bad but then again office isn't same style software and people care more about just working and being easy enough then looking like the coolest software around. sure handing traditional office users a reason to go to open office.

hmm well as Grava has now RTM with the name Microsoft Semblio, then I don't really think the G is for Grava...

This probably won't be like that. MS has been trying to unify the three main software/services in Windows 7, Windows Live, and Office 14. I think we'll see some more Live integration and some common UI elements.

Looks more like an enthusiastic fan got busy with Photoshop to me. I'm sure whatever MS do come up with will be great, I liked Office 2007 so much I actually bought it and if that is anything to go by I might be buying 14 as well

I don't mind the colour. I think its OK. But I think they should include an option for us to change the colour of the interface.

I am surprised that no one realizes that this is just a screenshot of another graphic program

the ribbon is a common UI now that any programmer can use, its free from microsoft

You dont see any of the normal commands word has..


The logo of each company goes in the round button also called a "perl" or "orb" in this case its something like a faint C...

If I was to search I would find this program..


(EDIT) I realized that this is supposedly POWERPOINT. I dont have it loaded now, so it might be it a hiddeous mock up indeed

But if it's a concept picture, it may not even be a screenshot. Seems like extrapolating quite a bit if if you start commenting the buttons etc on it. See the "Lorem ipsum"-style names on the tabs. This one could for all we know have been made in Photoshop just for the slide.

It uses Photoshop AA and the Lorem ipsum stuff isn't spelled right :P. At best it's a concept, and not a really good one. The zoom-in controls at the bottom seem to hint the UI is powered by WPF, since it looks alot like the one in Expression Blend. Hopefully they're not making the new UI using .Net.

This is obviously just a mock-up and not an actual functioning UI, as the text is anti-aliased, but not using cleartype. I just hope it's a mock up for the new interface elements rather than actual look-and-feel 'cause it's kind of...ugly

WPF anti-aliases text without the need for cleartype. It's very possible and probable that this was created in Microsoft Expression Blend. Where you can make something that looks like this in a very very short period of time.

If it was shown as a OSX screenshot no one would say anything about the interface, actually, I bet many would have said how elegant Mac apps can be and all that crap. The colours are bright, too much, but the UI as a draft, a proposition looks to me to be cleaner, more sophisticated and simpler than previous versions. There, we seem to disagree.

LTD said,
That would never be an OS X screenshot.

Yes, it is missing the blue jelly sliders and "everyone think the same" childish design cues. 8P

i switched to office 2007 .

and never looked backed .

it is quite good ,very logical design.

i hope they kept it at that pace or even better !

I hope that the other applications that adopt the ribbon feature will invest in a Usability Team. The Ribbon can be easily mis-organized, unless a Usability Team makes sure they don't repeat Ribbon Chunks much, and also minimize Command Loops (switching between two tabs too much because of certain command sequences).

The ribbon looks like a copy-paste of the current ribbon while all others are amateur UI inventions. Looks childish with those thick borderlines.

It is easy for any MS platform developer to use a Ribbon in their program. MS have released a WPF ribbon control to be used with .NET 3.5 and also a new C++ Ribbon Control recently. The article mentions WPF so I'd be inclined to pick the former. I'm siding that this is probably a stand-alone app that either MS is doing or one of their partners are doing with access to some of the Office team's timeline. MS does that sort of thing much more often then one might think.

creamhackered said,
Yeah cause MS fake their own screenshots. It was found hosted on Microsoft.com
the supposed "screenshot" was in a powerpoint presentation that was hosted on microsoft.com

I don't believe that the screenshot will reflect the appearance of the *final* version of Office 14. Also, the controls at the gray bottom bar violate their guidelines, controls like those in the bottom will surely go into the ribbon (see "The Story of the Ribbon" video, and you'll understand).

Microsoft enthusiast and blogger Stephen Chapman sends word that he has discovered an early Office 14 screenshot from a PowerPoint presentation hosted on Microsoft.com.
then who's to say the screen shot is even real? it could have been done up in Photoshop or whatever graphics program is used at Microsoft as a possible mockup for future reference

iamwhoiam said,
I think it looks hideous. It looks even worse than the current ribbon UI in Office 2007.

What are you talking about? Ribbon UI pwns!

I agree for the UI, it's awesome to use.

The GUI though, isn't really clean nor polished. It looks like a draft or something at some places...

The guy used the verb "looks" worse, so I bet he was talking about the GUI.

The ribbon in 2007 is amazing.
The ribbon in 7...I like the new style and the new toolbar color (much better than vista), but the icon for the file menu in Paint and Notepad is aweful. That should be the application's icon and should be placed like Office's.
The one above is awful.

what said,
It won't look anything like that. Office 14 is a long, long way off yet.

It's rumored to be released this year...

shockz said,
It's rumored to be released this year...

From the article:

many have speculated that development has been delayed for a 2010 release.

A lot can change within a few months.

Exactly. It has a lot more wasted space, particularly at the sides. The top looks incredibly empty, especially bad when vertical screen space is usually pretty limited. It would make much more sense to use an approach like that of Chrome whereby the tabs go right up to the top of the window when maximised.

To me it just looks like change for the sake of change. Office 2007 performs great for me and I don't use half the features already - I can't think of anything they could add that would make me want to upgrade. If they're just going to play around with the interface then I have no interest, particularly when it looks worse imo.

theyarecomingforyou said,
Exactly. It has a lot more wasted space, particularly at the sides. The top looks incredibly empty, especially bad when vertical screen space is usually pretty limited. It would make much more sense to use an approach like that of Chrome whereby the tabs go right up to the top of the window when maximised.

To me it just looks like change for the sake of change. Office 2007 performs great for me and I don't use half the features already - I can't think of anything they could add that would make me want to upgrade. If they're just going to play around with the interface then I have no interest, particularly when it looks worse imo.


The wasted space is from the image not being zoomed on a high resolution display.

Also you do realize you can 'minimize' the ribbon even in Office 2007, so you get a very minimalist interface without losing the ribbon or any features.

thenetavenger said,
The wasted space is from the image not being zoomed on a high resolution display.

What are you talking about? I was referring to the curved border they've added at each side of the ribbon, which adds about 15-20px to the ribbon for no reason. Also, because they've merged the top (where the document name used to be) it now looks incredible empty - it's wasted space. It's nothing major but it's certainly not an improvement in my eyes.

And yes, I'm well aware you can minimise the ribbon - unfortunately I find it more annoying than helpful.

Antaris said,
Looks like nothing more than a concept. An unrefined one at that...

Indeed, the hidden tabs are named with placeholders. It's probably only an early non functional UI concept.

theyarecomingforyou said,
The current ribbon looks great. It was the best thing to happen to Office since it first launched.


In 2007 you can change the colors, would hope they keep this option, as I like the Black theme better.

iamwhoiam said,
I think it looks hideous. It looks even worse than the current ribbon UI in Office 2007.

The ribbon is gui genius; it's beautiful both in function and aesthetic.

vlsi0n said,
The ribbon is gui genius; it's beautiful both in function and aesthetic.

For you maybe, not so much for me. Looks aside, the ribbon did break quite a few keyboard shortcuts. If all the keyboard shortcuts had been left alone, I wouldn't have cared what the UI looked like as I wouldn't have to use it for navigation.