Microsoft's flagship products feature new user interface elements so innovative that other developers have introduced products to undo the changes.
On Friday, Addintools, based in Hai-nan, China released Classic Menu for Office 2007, after more than six months of beta testing. The user interface enhancement does what Office 2007 can't: Revert to the Office 2003 look and feel.
What a marketing pitch: "Frustrated by endless searches for features on the Ribbon?" Oh, yeah. There are loads of people that don't like change, and Office 2007 offers plenty of it. So that sales pitch has some appeal.
Some colleagues and I were discussing the Addintools product, and one rightly asked: Why upgrade to Office 2007 only to use the Office 2003 UI? That's a very good question. There are some businesses that would need Office 2007 because of dependencies with other 2007, such as the SharePoint Portal Server. But that doesn't mean they would want the training and support hassle of the newer UI. Many people don't like change. For IT managers, change often means trouble, as employees resist or struggle to change.