Back from Thanksgiving and what a treat! We’ve been invited to participate in Microsoft Office 12 Beta!

We just downloaded the installer a few minutes ago.

Here are some initial captures of Microsoft Excel in the new beta. You’ll notice a completely different layout. The menus have submenu bars, which change when you click on the menu. This is one of Microsoft’s attempts to increase awareness of what Office has to offer. Through the many iterations of Office over the years, Microsoft has added myriad capabilities. However, perhaps due to the menu structure of burying items under one another, Microsoft found out that most users did not actually use or even know of the new tools.

(Clicking on the images will create larger versions that are easier to view.)

More to come…