Sunday, November 13, 2005

Beta looms

Beta 1 of the next version of Office is just on the horizon. News sites are reporting "sometime this month." Usually that means November 30. I don't know when it's actually getting released.

That's pretty damned exciting for me, though. Will I install beta 1 on my home computer? No; no real need to. It's about as stable as you might expect from a beta 1. Actually, FrontPage is a little better than what you'd normally expect from a beta 1, I think. Will I install it on my tablet, though? Sure. I install a new beta build every week or so on my machines at work. I can't wait until a new version comes out that doesn't have the bright orange Halloween UI and pumpkin-shaped File menu and spider webs in the background of windows. That was cute for a day or two, but I've been using Halloween builds of Office for a week and a half now, and it's slowly driving me insane.

No, the version of Office 12 beta 1 that you see will not have the orange Halloween UI.

7 comments:

Derrick Stolee said...

it better just be a few keystroke combinations away at all times, though. Unless you feel like making a flight simulator to stick in there...

Travis said...

If there were a key combination that I could use to toggle the orangeness and make it go away, I would be happier.

The Halloween UI is a tradition. This is what it looked like last year:

Office, Halloween 2004 (from Jensen Harris)

Imagine that UI in blue and you've got my first impressions of the Ribbon. I almost crapped myself when I first saw it. The bold, italic, and underline buttons really were arranged that way, if you can even call that "arranged."

Kerjo said...

I'm pretty excited to see this. The ribbon has me intrigued, but I doubt, for some reason, that I'll actually be let in on the beta...

Travis said...

As far as I know all of the beta invites have already gone out, so if you haven't been invited yet, I think you get to wait for beta 2.

Travis said...

You can play with it this weekend, though.

Luke said...

Does that mean you're having more guests? Are they being recruited to the Great Satan? Of course, they could come work with me -- go Green War Machine!

Travis said...

No, no... I'll see the Kauffman crew this weekend when I return to Nebraska to celebrate my thanksgiving for turkey and mashed potatoes.