But scores of users on Neowin, AppleInsider, and other sites stuck up for the ribbon in Office 2011. Many of them were self-proclaimed users of both Macs and Windows PCs, and welcomed more consistency between the two platforms' versions of Office:
- "I'm extremely glad they're going to include the same [user interface as] in the version on Windows," said Psykx on Neowin. "I was tired of always looking for stuff, and then coming back in Office 2007 and still looking [for] stuff."
- "I'm a Mac user at home, but use Office 2007 for work on a daily basis and have to say I love the damn ribbon," added Tomjol, also on Neowin.
- "I used Word 2007 quite a bit last year. ... It really grows on you quite quickly," said Niuniu on MacRumors. "I'm looking forward to it coming to Word for Mac."
Microsoft has not set a ship date for Office 2011 for Mac, saying only that it will release the suite in time for this year's holiday sales season. Other than the ribbon interface, other prominent changes will include the return of Outlook as the suite's email client, and the restoration of VBA-based macros, which were dropped for the 2008 edition.
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