An Office outside the Metro PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 July 2012 02:40
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The two worlds of Windows 8 -- one: a traditional desktop UI and the other: the touch-optimized Metro UI -- can, at first, seem so different that they contrast like the multiple personalities of Batman's enemy Two-Face. Yet, despite the different appearances, the forthcoming version of Microsoft's venerable operating system is not about absolutes, but optimizations. Like the yin-yang symbol, each half of the circle embraces some of its opposite. The company has breathlessly reassured the installed base of this with respect to Metro-style apps, in which one can navigate by keyboard and mouse, but its recent detailing of the new version of Office highlights the fact that the overlap goes both ways; desktop apps can at least partially embrace touch input even if they are not Metro-style apps. Throughout Office's history, it's been the most important set of Windows applications for Microsoft. It helped push programs like Microsoft Word and Excel past once-seemingly invincible competitors such as WordPerfect and Lotus 1-2-3...Read it all on windows8newsinfo forum.

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