Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

Blogging about Windows since before Vista became a bad word

Hints of Windows Vista RC1 & Office Interface Changes

There was an enormous jump in build numbers between Beta 2 (5384) and the latest interim build (5456). That's because Microsoft didn't stop working while they were preparing Beta 2. If you've seen Build 5456 (you'll have to find them yourself, I don't link to interim build screenshots), you'll notice that there are some enhancements to the UI all over the place. Having seen a couple newer builds than this, I can tell you that even more sweeping UI changes are on the way.

Brandon points to Long Zheng, who compares screenshots from Microsoft Design's Windows page with screenshots from Beta 2 builds to draw the conclusion that more UI goodness is on the way for RC1.While I agree with some of the comments that the Start Menu looks a bit more cluttered now, most of the other changes are real solid. And I love the new Office 2007 icons too. They're edgy...3 edges to be exact. I've never seen Microsoft do an icon style like that before.

Long also posted about updates to the Office 2007 UI, but he missed something on Microsoft Design's Office page. Looks like the three themes for Office 2007 are finalized. Note they've lightened the Office Start button, and cleaned up the Shortcut bar.

Dare I say that Vista + Office 2007 = Sexy? Now if only MS would drop new Vista and Office builds in the next few days so we could check these changes out...



  • Speaking of Microsoft Design, did you know that Microsoft has a Group Manager responsible for the User...
    July 13, 2006 1:26 PM
  • Shahn Hogan said:
    The icon labeled "Money?" is more than likely Small Business Accounting. Only a guess, plus Money isn't an Office product.

    Shahn Hogan
    July 13, 2006 2:07 PM
  • spc1972 said:
    I think the icon in question is really SharePoint Designer; It looks like an evolution of the FrontPage icon.
    July 18, 2006 3:03 AM