Microsoft Office Web Apps usability fail

It’s weird, but it seems Microsoft are often very bad at designing UIs.

One major FAIL in my opinion is their new Office Web Apps. Take a look at the following screenshots:

fail-1

fail-2

They show clearly how wrong their new “ribbon” tool bar is – why waste 50 % of the vertical screen real estate on a few clunky buttons? And why oh why would anyone throw in the Windows Live logo + Office Web Apps navigations menus ON TOP OF THE RIBBON?

Take a look at the second screenshot above – tt’s just plain stupid that a single PowerPoint slide cannot fit on a widescreen monitor at a decent zoom level.

That’s just weird.

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