With Windows 8 Microsoft are moving the goalposts in user interface design considerably and there has been much debate over the relative pros and cons of taking this approach. With Windows 8 though if you don’t like the new Metro touch UI then you’re out of luck switching to the ‘traditional’ desktop as well. Here the ribbon is being implemented in Windows Explorer and is being pushed throughout the operating system.
The ribbon, first introduced in Office 2007, has split opinion and many people still dislike it if they are forced to use it or not. In fact the ribbon has been around for so long now that a great number of people who are now using it at home or at work, have decided firmly that they can’t find things, they don’t like it and that it’s not for them. This isn’t a snap judgement on the parts of these people, this is their considered view after a great deal of use.