Poor analogy is poor. People have been using a language their whole life, but anybody who has been using Word their whole life is still young, and will have no trouble adapting.
People have been using Word and programs with similar menus for the whole of their computing life. Anyway, analogies don't need to bear close examination. The point is that it's stupid to force a change on people when the current system works fine, when the change only offers small benefits to a few people and when the change requires people to relearn things and renders useless the knowledge they've spent years gaining.
Also, Word's UI didn't work fine before. It was clunky, and difficult to find anything if you didn't already know where it was.
Also, the UI doesn't work fine now. It is clunky, and difficult to find anything if you don't already know where it is.
Not to mention that it's fugly. What's with all the massive titlebars nowadays? Of course, MS isn't the only one doing this; just look at Firefox 4. It's strange that as the aspect ratio of monitors is becoming wider, windows are wasting more and more vertical
space. Actually, they're not wasting much
more, but having tabs that are continuous with the titlebar instead of a discrete menu certainly gives the impression of masses of wasted space; I don't like seeing 100 vertical pixels of empty Aero. And the ribbon is *huge*. Why can't people put sh*t like this on the side, where there are hundreds of pixels of empty space? Or have a drop-down ribbon?
Of course, for people who really don't like the ribbon, there are ways of getting the menus back. Personally, even though I prefer the ribbon, as I suspect most new users will, I will admit that I think it was stupid not to at least have menus available as an option.
I wouldn't have complained if there were an option to use the old menus. That would be better for everyone: experienced users would get the interface they were used to and newcomers would get the interface that MS decided was more intuitive.
Unfortunately, choices aren't very popular in the computer industry nowadays. Apparently, they confuse people. Or they get in the way of progress. The current mentality is "Das ist ein improvment! Das ist progress! Ve say you vill use der new feature, und you *VILL* like it!".
I blame Apple for this. the worst thing about Apple isn't all the sh*t they do, it's that everyone else feels the need to copy them.