Microsoft Corporation Complaint - Visual Inadequacies In Office 2007
WASHINGTON -- Office 2007 changes the menu bar by deleting all but a tiny portion of it and putting actions in category tabs. That would be ok, if they would allow power users to add their own menu bars and buttons. Some I have designed and use all the time are: foreign character insert, format hanging indent, changing case, and font color. None of these can be accessed with one button click in the new ribbon. And, if you enlarge the new category tabs to readable size, you lose half your screen.
I e-mailed Microsoft and was referred to their Accessibility Advocate, who sympathized she wished her eyes would just work. My eyes are 20-20 with glasses, it is the program that doesn't work, not with laptop screens.
Microsoft suggested I turn on the Narrator to read me the screens and wear earphones when in public. Not an adequate solution.
Office is moving closer to the Apple/Mac idea of making system changes difficult if not impossible and instead making the screen intuitive if less functional. If I wanted a "here's what we're selling, take it or leave it" instead of buying something I could tweak to my own preferences, I would have purchased a Mac in the first place.
Microsoft captured the PC market because they allowed users to modify their environment and build their own shortcuts. Now they are doing the opposite and finding more and more ways to restrict the user to only what Microsoft wants them to do. Where is CP/M when you need it?