The best thing is Microsoft has already started putting all its business software online and in the cloud. Take Office 365, Dynamics CRM 2011 online, Office Documents, etc. All these online versions have one thing in common. A friendly and common way to access the menu functionality in the form of Ribbon interface.
Even our good old friend "Windows Explorer" in Windows 8 and Windows Server 8 has Ribbon Interface.
1) Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011
Below is the Ribbon Interface for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011. This ribbon interface is shown when I am on a particular entity screen. The best thing about Ribbon Interface is the flexibility of changing buttons depending on which screen I am on.
|Ribbon Interface in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011|
|Ribbon Interface in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Movie Entity Record|
2) Microsoft Office 365
Microsoft Office 365 is a collection of business productivity software. It is secure, anywhere access to email and calendars, Office Web Apps, web conferencing, and file sharing. Below is a screenshot showing the common look and feel of the Ribbon Interface.
|Ribbon Interface in Microsoft Office 365|
3) Microsoft SharePoint 2010
Below is the Ribbon Interface on my personal SharePoint 2010 site.
|Ribbon Interface in Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Site|
|Ribbon Interface in Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administration|
4) Microsoft Office One Note 2010
Microsoft One Note has come up in a very big way to revolutionize how we keep our notes up to date. Microsoft One Note 2010 is in cloud and can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere, from your SkyDrive.
Below is the Ribbon Interface for Microsoft One Note 2010 online. Shown below is my One Note on my SkyDrive.
|Ribbon Interface in Microsoft Office One Note 2010 (Online Version)|
|Ribbon Interface in Microsoft Office One Note 2010 (Desktop Software)|
Windows Explorer in the new upcoming Windows 8 operating system has a new look and feel in the menu area. The menu has been replaced with the Ribbon Interface. This is quite handy.
For more information on Windows 8 and Metro style (tiled) interface please read my blog: http://ashishmahajancrm.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/first-look-at-screenshots-and-whats-new.html
If I select a folder, the ribbon buttons change and give me the options of the events I can perform on my folders. If I select a file, the ribbon buttons now change and give me the options of the events I can perform on my files.
|Ribbon Interface in Windows Explorer (Windows 8 Operating System)|
6) Microsoft Office 2010
Below is the Ribbon Interface for all the remaining Microsoft Office products.
|Ribbon Interface in Microsoft Office 2010 - Outlook 2010|
|Ribbon Interface in Microsoft Office 2010 - Access 2010|
|Ribbon Interface in Microsoft Office 2010 - Excel 2010|
|Ribbon Interface in Microsoft Office 2010 - PowerPoint 2010|
|Ribbon Interface in Microsoft Office 2010 - Project 2010|
|Ribbon Interface in Microsoft Office 2010 - Visio 2010|
|Ribbon Interface in Microsoft Office 2010 - Word 2010|
So you can see how Ribbon Interface has merged the unique UI experience which was previously staggered and unique to each product.
The experience is totally cool and seamless!
I hope this blog about 'Ribbon Interface Deja Vu; an Awesome step forward for the future of Microsoft's Software Product Usability' was informative. Please feel free to leave your comments.