I'm not right about everything. But, I've been using computers for nearly 30 years now and have used a crapload of different interfaces over the years. And in this case they've added additional clicks to most of the functions hoping that nobody notices.
It takes me less clicks to get most functionality. Well, two to be more precise - switch to needed tab, click desired setting. In the old MS office, it was - click cathegory, click sub-cathegory, find the option amongst tons of others that I don't actually use most of the time, apply.
The ones that MS "innovates" to are usually sub par at best. In this case, it might work better than the previous UI for people that are too lazy to learn any of the short cuts, but it's an inferior product and it's no surprise that it's just MS that's doing this. Apple, even before Steve died, wasn't stupid enough to engage in any of this foolishness. Specifically because it's crap. It looks kind of pretty, but whenever you need a function that they don't want you to use, it takes several extra clicks,assuming you know where it is, otherwise it's off to the internet to figure it out and probably a couple dozen extra clicks as you try to determine if it's even in your version of Office.
Basically, your argumentation here is: It's crap, others weren't stupid enough to do it, the old UI is far superior when you don't actually work with UI [using shortcuts]. Just to point that out, you're trying to argue that your preference is actually better unless end user is lazy (which 99% of end users are) - that's not actually what I said, that's what your line sounds like. Let's just say that it's not very persuasive :-P You're saying that you need to use google when trying to find a less used functionality... Well I'm saying I've had to do that more in the old Office than in the new one.
I'll just add this: We're making a good deal of software for fairly varied clientelle, and our clients specifically ask for a ribbon interface, or one that's similar to it. You can now go 'It's MS pushing their ideas!' or whatever, but that doesn't change reality of the situation.
Personally, I'll take a Libreoffice. or pretty much anything other than Office, where the people writing it haven't gone insane and are a bit more concerned with having a user experience that actually makes sense.
Yes, exactly, you take LibreOffice. We actually have options now. We can pick from several distinct interfaces and stick to whatever we prefer. Choice is always good - calling preferences of other people crap based on your 30 years of experience, which just makes me even more inclined to believe that it's just something you're used to, is bad.