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Office 2007 ribbon gets tweaked

Office 2007 ribbon
One thing we've heard about Office 2007's new "ribbon" menu system is that it's pretty big, and Microsoft apparently was hearing that a lot, too. Microsoft says that in the next beta release of Office 2007, the ribbon--which our own Ryan Carter praised in his video review earlier this week--will have an auto-hide option to make it disappear from view when not in use. Microsoft Australia's John Hodgson also says Microsoft is working on tools to make migrating to Office 2007 easier for businesses. "We've been asked by a lot of customers to provide tools to do mass migrations," Hodgson said. "There will be tools that will take a million documents and migrate those to the new formats." Microsoft says that Office 2007's new XML-based file formats produce 75% smaller files than previous versions.

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