3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Just because of the ribbon!,
This review is from: Microsoft Office Professional 2010 - 2PC/1User (Disc Version) (CD-ROM)
I would rate Microsoft Office 2010 5 stars if it wasn't for the ribbon, the lack of the old menu and icon bar! I have been using Office for Windows since it came out respectively Excel and Word even before they were bundled in the Office product. I admit, I got used to the menus and icons and I do understand that it is not always easy to switch to new methods. But this is truly the worst I've seen during my entire office career. I have switched from Word for DOS (Version 5.0 and 5.5, I believe) to Word 2.0 for Window and then to the first Office Product. The same switches I made for Excel and believe me, the changes were sometimes quite significant. But most of them made sense, were understandable and either helped to improve the efficiency or kept the level. The only way that I can get the efficiency back with the new version is for me to add all the functions I need on the icon bar squeezed in on the top of the window. I have the ribbon minimized and only use it if I need a function in my icon bar. One of the worst decision was really to get rid of the menu bar. This is a corruption of the system concept. Believe me, I am so grateful that Microsoft didn't do that in their Office 2011 version for Mac which I use at home. The menu bar is still there and is SO helpful. For me, this is the first Mac Office version that ends up being better than the Windows Office Version. But on both version the efficiency has gone down comparing the the 2003 Windows respectively 2004 Mac version. So: I am taking off 3 stars because of the ribbon and lack of the menu and icon bars (The leftover icon bar just doesn't cut it. The old icon bar system with the icon bars showing up regarding on the context was so much better.) - And one more thing: The ribbon content is often confusing and using far too much space.
Update: After 2 years of having switched over to Office 2010, I still haven't gotten used to the ribbon. I not rarely catch myself looking for a command in the ribbon and saying to myself after having found it: This is not where I would have expected it. The Word and Excel programs are still great. I prefer them over any other text editing and spreadsheet program. I learned how to use this version of PowerPoint, too. It can do a lot but it has become a little more complicated. I would still prefer the old menu concept with some of the new features. What has really become a lot more complicated is the conditional formatting in Excel. This used to be soooo easy. Now it is soooo complicated. - I would still recommend buying Office 2010. It is still the best office product out there.