In the last technology tip we mentioned what some of the older toolbar layouts in Word and other Microsoft programs. Similar toolbar layouts appear in other word processors such as Google Docs and WordPerfect. Starting in 2007 Microsoft replaced the old familiar toolbars with "ribbons" which are just graphical versions of the old toolbars.
It does take some practice to get used to it. In the video below you can get a quick overview of this new layout, how it was developed and how to use it.
The complete video is about 90 minutes long and in it you can view some of the other prototypes they created during the design process (at about 36 minutes) and hear some of the thinking that went into the final decision to change the old reliable toolbar the new ribbon layout. If you have ever wondered who these programmers are who create this software that we use every day, this video can give you a first hand glimps into their world.