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Windows 7: MSFT to Backport Windows 7 'ribbon' Interface to Vista

21 Aug 2009   #1

win 7 build 7600.16385 x64
MSFT to Backport Windows 7 'ribbon' Interface to Vista

Microsoft plans to backport a "ribbon" user interface feature it introduced in Windows 7 to Windows Vista, according to the company's developer Web site.

On the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN), Microsoft indicated that it is planning support for the interface in Vista around the same time Windows 7 is released. Microsoft has said it would release Windows 7, the follow-up to Vista, worldwide on Oct. 22.

The ribbon framework, part of Windows 7's graphical presentation layer, is an interface that uses a visual command bar at the top of the page to direct a user to menu items and toolbars that were previously hidden in drop-down menus.

Microsoft first introduced the ribbon with the "Fluent" interface for its Office 2007 product, which at first caused some transition pains for users who were used to the previous interface.
On the MSDN site, a Microsoft executive wrote that a Vista user can download the interface once it's available as an update, to be called the Windows 7 Client Platform Update. The software will be a "recommended update" through the Microsoft Download Center on Windows Update and won't be automatic.

More information about the Windows Ribbon framework can be found on the MSDN site.

Microsoft did not respond to requests made through its public relations firm for more information on what prompted the move.


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21 Aug 2009   #2

Windows 7™ Home Premium x64/Sony PS3 XrossMediaBar™ FW 3.30/Sony PSP XrossMediaBar™ FW 6.20

Very interesting, to bad I don't use Vista anymore so I won't be able to check this out lol.
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21 Aug 2009   #3

win 7 build 7600.16385 x64

lol actually at first i thought they gonna port vista user interface to win 7 later i reliased its just reverse!!!
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21 Aug 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)

yeah its just going to give developers the possibility of using such interface on vista like 7 (if i read correctly....)
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21 Aug 2009   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AlexT2889 View Post
Very interesting, to bad I don't use Vista anymore so I won't be able to check this out lol.
Never used Vista because it didn't have Windows 7 'ribbon' Interface.
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23 Aug 2009   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Good idea. I like the ribbon. So giving it to Vista is no big deal for me.
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24 Aug 2009   #7

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11

I guess for some this might be a big deal, just can think of why. Suppose there are computer user out there who will find this a good thing.
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25 Aug 2009   #8
Wii Master 64

Windows 7 Home Premium

i love the ribbon interface, thing is, ill probably have windows 7 by the time it comes out lol.
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