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Comment: Re:Moar Cloud (Score 1) 127

by xxxJonBoyxxx (#49615553) Attached to: Microsoft Office 2016 Public Preview Released

>> Ribbon was most likely introduced simply to distinguish the look and feel from free Office apps, particularly Open/LibreOffice. That's right, I think it's more marketing gimmick than UI innovation

Not exactly, but you're close. To use the ribbon, you have to freely license it from Microsoft...and promise that you won't use it in an Office clone.'s an IP shield as much as it's a UI paradigm.

Comment: I'd just be happy with... (Score 4, Interesting) 127

by xxxJonBoyxxx (#49614301) Attached to: Microsoft Office 2016 Public Preview Released

I'd just be happy with an announcement that the online Office 365 apps would finally get the features they need to quit making them toys (and forcing everyone to download docs to local Office apps anyway).

Second to that would be an option in Office 365 to default to "yes, when I opened the document, put me in f***ing editing mode by default." Hell, call it the "Google Docs" mode if you want.

Comment: Re:why do we need a walled garden? (Score 1) 32

>> why do we need a walled garden?

This is for India (note the primary video is in Hindi) and other places used to paying for crappy Internet. In these cases, a less-crappy Internet from Facebook is deemed (cue Martha Stewart) a good thing. However, if (or when if you're Google) someone figures out how to give Indians full-blown Internet for free, then Facebook's partial Internet thing dies and two years later no one will remember it anymore.

Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition. - Isaac Asimov