Microsoft Office 12’s Radical New Look

Down in Los Angeles, Microsoft is holding its annual PDC conference for software developers, led off by a keynote by Bill Gates. Among the things that he’s slated to show off is the user interface of the next version of Microsoft Office. We got a sneak peek at it yesterday–and much to our surprise, it’s a radical departure, not just from Office 2003 and all previous versions, but from the basic look and feel that most Windows applications have had for as long as there’s been a Windows.

How much of a departure? Here are some of the new elements in the suite upgrade, due next year and codenamed Office 12 (actual product name TBD–wonder if it’ll be “Office Vista?”).

Nice overview of some of the new Office 12 features and some screen shots. check out the whole article over on PC World.