Over the past weeks, Microsoft has released a number of resources designed to get customers running older versions of its productivity suite such as Office 2003, become easily familiarized with the evolution of the graphical user interface in office 2010. Softpedia readers have already been able to read about and download the Word 2010: Interactive menu to ribbon guide and the Excel 2010: Interactive menu to ribbon guide. However, there are additional downloads from Microsoft focused on unraveling the mysteries of the Office 2010 Ribbon/Fluent UI for additional components of the productivity suite.

In addition to Word 2010 and Excel 2010, the following Office 2010 components also have Ribbon UI interactive guides available for download: PowerPoint 2010, Publisher 2010, OneNote 2010, Visio 2010, Project 2010, and InfoPath 2010. There’s quite a gap between the old interface in Office 2003 for example, and the new overhauled UI in Office 2010. The redesign is bound to leave some users perplex, especially customers that know the old Office by heart are guaranteed to at least raise an eyebrow when faced with the new UI. More »

A new resource available for download from Microsoft is designed to let customers upgrading from Office 2003 or earlier to Office 2010, get familiarized with the redesign of the look and feel of the Word components of the product. The Word 2010: Interactive menu to ribbon guide can be grabbed free of charge through the Microsoft Download Center, and as the label implies, users will get a “visual, interactive reference guide to help you find the new location of commands in Word 2010,” according to Microsoft. “Use this interactive tutorial to find the location of commands in Word 2010. The guide is a simulation of the old menu version of Word. Click a command in the guide to learn its new location in Word 2010.”

With the advent of Office 2007, Microsoft dramatically overhauled the graphical user interface for its productivity suite. The evolution of the new Ribbon/Fluent GUI continued with Office 2010, which brings to the table a perfected variant of the user interface, widening the gap between the new design and the old File menu that was the default in Office 2003 and earlier. More »