Wow, this became a really nasty topic. I would go back to my beloved Office 2000, but after these past 5 years on the ribbon interface I just don't see it happening.
As for claims that the ribbon interface is slow, yes and no. For the basic functions that Microsoft has added to Ribbon UI without a doubt the Ribbon is faster than the old menu style. For stuff that Microsoft moved onto the sub Ribbon menus or have hidden it can be a pain in the ass. Shortcuts is a feature I will never use, except for the Copy, Cut, Paste shortcuts. I don't want to have to remember arcane key combinations for simple things. And if you only use shortcuts, I don't think many of them have changed. You could still use all the shortcuts on 2010.
It takes some practice, but eventually (I say a year) the ribbon interface can be just as fast if not faster than the old menu style.
Yes, occasionally I will have to do a search online to figure out how to do something, but usually I would have had to do the same thing with Office 2000, if it was even possible with 2000. The main problem I have is with pasting web sites to Word for receipts, copying signatures from a PDF to Word, but I remember having a shittier time doing that with Office 2K and 03.
So, I imagine it depends a lot on how you use Office, which one is right for you.
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