The upcoming Microsoft Office suite of Windows 8 has a lot of new things in store for you. The most important among these is a Metro-Style version of the Office suite. On launching Windows you will see the Metro interface as the very first thing. It is a touch and tile based interface, the same which is taken from Windows Phone 7, the smartphone OS.
Windows 8 launch will certainly witness an immense popularity of Microsoft next gen Metro user interface. The traditional start menu will replace the 'Start' screen. The so called 'ribbionization' which caused glitches and complaints in the Microsoft Office 2007, will now be toned down. The other components of Windows 8 will however be ribbionized and mainly the file manager.
Moreover, the version of Windows 8 will run on ARM, System-on-a-Chip (Soc) silicon to power the iPad style tablets, with the metro-style apps as its software.
Ballmer’s take on the transformation:
"You ought to expect that we are rethinking and working hard on what it would mean to do Office Metro style," said Ballmer, whether Microsoft is working on a version of Office for Windows 8's Metro touch-based interface.
Speaking to analysts, he said: “We are rethinking and working hard on what it would mean to do Office Metro-style”. An analyst asked: “The question is Metro interface for Office. How critical is it to Windows 8 adoption to have software that takes full advantage of Office with Metro?”
Microsoft has been clinging to the Metro interface as it is the next-gen interface which is designed to provide better application and performance since it has grown from just being a phone’s operating system.