Jan 27, 2021 • 38M

[LISTEN] 082. Defying Conventional Wisdom to Finish Office

“Short and sweet, the Ribbon and new UI in Microsoft Office 2007 is **the ballsiest new feature in the history of computer software**.” —Anil Dash (Six Apart, Ltd.)

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Steven Sinofsky
Personal stories and lessons from inside the rise and fall of the PC revolution as narrated by the author.

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As we conclude the story of Office12 and the major redesign of the product, Microsoft of late 2005 to early 2006 is in a bit of a lull which for better or worse is good for the launch of Office. Longhorn continues to stretch out and the lack of clarity continues, which is putting a drag on everyone. There’s something very special, yet bittersweet, about this release of Office.

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