Say what you want about the (Ef)Fluent UI (I love it when they don’t think through the possible bastardizations for a word – I especially liked “Back Orifice” – very clever), I think we have to accept that Microsoft has just laid it down and said “Ribbon – Get used to it !!”
I think that with the apparent success of Windows 7 (I’m enjoying it) I think we can assume that over the next 18 months a lot of companies will go to it – and I guess that most of those will bundle a move to Office 2010 at the same time in one pass to make it easier for them. Having just set up a VPC with Windows 7 and Office 2010 I couldn’t help but think how reluctant corporations with thousands of users may be to do this too often.
So I think we can assume that we will see things moving fast on this front as IT departments try their darnedest to justify their existence until the economic tide turns (if ever). Certainly there is the old “Wait for the first Service Pack” policy but I think we may see that get over-looked in an effort to “be seen to be doing something”.
When this finally happens I can see a lot of “need” for assistance making things like Excel and Access apps work in the new environments – work that hasn’t come up yet because so few have REALLY moved to O2007. So NOW we need to seriously determine the issues they are going to have so we can look like heroes every time, and then we all have to get out and sell ourselves !!
While I have always thought that keeping my knowledge to myself amounted to protecting my Intellectual Property (why I have never gone after membership in the MVP program), I am afraid that will have to change. In the words of Ben Franklin (the great womanizer and philosopher – and politician) “We all have to hang together or we’ll all hang separately.” We have to work at increasing the visibility of Excel and Access development as a “legitimate” endeavour, worth professional fees. I think we will have to do it together.
Thoughts on how?