Han-yi Shaw from Microsoft’s Mac Business Unit has a detailed post introducing the UI and user experience that Mac users will be getting soon in Office 2008. He explains the interface improvements, including the new Elements Gallery, and explains how Office 2008 adheres to Apple’s Humain Interface Guidelines and doesn’t copy the Office 2007 UI.
In Office 2008, Toolbars are now nicely docked within the application window (per Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines) and sport the new unified toolbar appearance. The Formatting Palette, which broke new ground with the idea of contextual sensitive formatting, has now been merged with the Toolbox to form one single unified palette. And drop-down menus — they’re still there. Our goal is to allow users feel the sense of new possibilities while feeling at home with the new and improved tools.
If you’re interested in learning more about what to expect from Office 2008, just keep reading his blog.