Microsoft has confirmed it will bring the Office Ribbon to Windows explorer.
The software giant demonstrated explorer’s new touch friendly look during a Windows 8 user interface preview on Wednesday. The refreshed explorer interface takes the well known Ribbon, originally introduced in Office 2007, and builds it straight into the Windows shell. The Ribbon elements are collapsed by default and appear to include increased spacing on the standard home, share and view buttons.
The first hints of a Ribbon UI inside Windows 8 were originally discovered by Rafael Rivera in early April. Rivera unlocked a number of features in an early leaked copy of Windows 8. Microsoft’s early work on the Ribbon explorer user interface made a number of WinRumors readers question the company’s motives. “Looks too cluttered, hopefully will improve,” said one reader. “Ribbons are a total step backward in usability,” said another. One suggested that the ribbons should be expandable “over mouse hover” and it appears that this is the way Microsoft is implementing the Ribbon UI.