A Sneak Peek at Microsoft Office 2011 Beta

A Sneak Peek at Microsoft Office 2011 Beta

Anthony Nguyen
Apr 27, 2010

If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's the fact that Microsoft Office has been around for a very long time, no matter what platform we've grown up on. Here's a sneak peek into what's to come as Microsoft starts push for their latest iteration of their infamous Office suite.

A few of the screen grabs can be seen below:

From what we've seen so far, the greatest difference in the update is the addition of the "ribbon," a feature previously implemented in Microsoft's Office 2007 for the PC.

As far as other interface elements go, it seems they've also tried to turn everything into a more streamlined Mac experience than ever before. Gone is Apple's rather annoying floating palette paradigm. (C'mon, guys - give it up already). What we get instead are very familiar Mail and iTunes navigation for templates and drop-down menus. Speed and overall usability also seems to have been improved quite a bit as well.

Interested in seeing more? Full resolution screenshots can be grabbed over at Lifehacker's gallery. There also seems to be a leaked copy going around on the torrents, but we're pretty sure it's still buggy and wouldn't suggest picking it up unless you really cannot wait for the real one to hit stores later this year.

[Via Lifehacker]

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