Is the Ribbon present in Office 2008 Mac

October 14, 2007 at 3:03 am 23 comments

Question: Is there going to be the Ribbon (which is featured in Office 2007 for Windows) going to be present in Office 2008 for the Macintosh?

Answer: No, there will be no Ribbon for Office 2008 for the Macintosh. This is because the user interface of Office 2008 have to look alike to other Mac applications. This means that, instead of the ribbon, there will be the old menus such as ‘File’ and ‘Edit’, etc.

However, from Microsoft will apply as many Ribbon like features as they can to Mac Office 2008 and I am sure that they will make it very ribbon like meaning that there will be lots of visual icons. Although not yet released, there are some screenshots on the web that could very likely be Office 2008 Mac. Below are a screenshot of Word 2008 and PowerPoint 2008:

Mac 2008 Word 1 Mac 2008 Powerpoint 1


Entry filed under: Desktop, Mac, Office, Word.

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23 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Beverly Delidow  |  January 8, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Take it from a confirmed Mac user: WE DON’T WANT THE BLASTED RIBBON!!!
    I want a drop down menu with plainly typed WORDS for commands, no confusing cartoons, and no inflated boxes running across my work window!!


  • 2. Derick Schaefer  |  February 6, 2008 at 2:41 am

    I find it interesting that Vista strives to imitate great Mac features such as the address book and they leave Office for the Mac with some of it’s best legacy touches such as the good old fashion menus we know like the back of our hands.

    I’m loving Office 2008 and the ability to deal with those dreaded .DOCX extensions. I’m also glad to not have to go through the pain that Windows users did in trying to re-learn their applications.

  • 3. Maluku  |  March 5, 2008 at 10:04 am

    It looks better than any other Microsoft product so far. And it looks a lot like any other Mac Application. I would love to have that UI under Windows.

  • 4. Dave  |  March 14, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    WTF?!!! The ribbon actually was the only reason for me to buy this shit. It is the best UI I’ve ever seen. Inmproving your workflow incredibly. Live formatting preview, gallerys etc etc etc. And now this shit! Im pissed on.

  • 5. 88michael  |  March 29, 2008 at 5:04 am

    @ Dave – This is up to Apple. Microsoft must make it look like a native Mac OS X app.

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  • 7. jo  |  October 11, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Anyone who has ever used office 07 and really learned it knows how the ribbon and other new features greatly improves productivity. The mac version isn’t on par with the windows version.

  • 8. 88michael  |  October 13, 2008 at 5:54 am

    @jo – I agree. The Ribbon makes Office so much easier to use.

  • 9. John  |  October 23, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Once again, the classic case of Apple fanboys and girls knocking on features they never used before and/or because they are a product of Microsoft. It’s not necessary to embrace Microsoft to embrace the Ribbon, which is a great productivity booster. Office 2008 (and all other subsequent Mac Offices) are the most stress-inducing applications I have used in a long time. The Ribbon makes the menu bar seem like a tool on par to tying a rock to a wooden stick and calling it an axe: it takes a long time to do anything through it and the result is always ugly.

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  • 11. صرقعة  |  April 5, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    nice post!

  • 12. Kayser  |  May 8, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I hope that the upcoming office for mac would have Ribbon.
    I felt so productive in windows.

  • 13. Brad  |  January 7, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    I’m a die hard Mac fan… but I like the UI of office 2007 for windows much better than 2008 for mac. The ribbon, though not entirely intuitive, is much better than the damn floating/collapsing palettes on the Mac version.

  • 14. Matt  |  January 9, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    I hated the toolbar when it first came out on 2007 but learned to love it. When I brought my MAC I initially used 2007 from within virtualised Windows, so to try and move to working mostly within mac I purchased Office 2008 and have since continued working within WIndows.

    I understand they have to make it work differently but it seems like no effort was put in to actually finding a good compromise.
    They sort of have the ribbon for Document Elements, Quick Tables, Charts, SmartArt Graphics and WordArt, why not everything else? 😦

  • 15. 88michael  |  January 12, 2010 at 1:48 am

    @Brad & @Matt – Yeh, I like the ribbon too. Way better compared to what they have in Office 08 Mac. I personally don’t use Office 08 for Mac. I use Apple’s iWork. It’s much more simplistic.

  • 16. idam  |  February 20, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    I use Mac, but I love the ribbon 🙂 Make my life easier… Thanks to this post.

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