“Mac”-rosoft announces new Office UI

I’m not in attendance at PDC this week (I’m saving my trip for ASP.NET Connections in November), but I am keeping up with some of the press filtering out. The best I’ve heard so far is “Microsoft Showcases New User Interface for Office ’12′ Core Applications.” Normally, this isn’t spectacular news, but they are introducing “…the most dramatic changes since the introduction of the toolbar in 1997.” (I shamelessly took that from the article I just linked to) However, I find the announcement post-worthy because of the included screenshots:

Office 12 Word Screenshot

MS Word

Office 12 PowerPoint Screenshot

MS PowerPoint

Office 12 Excel Screenshot

MS Excel

Office 12 Access Screenshot

MS Access

I’m not a Mac user, I’m a Windows guy. But I’m not so rabid about the debate that I can’t admit it when Microsoft is shamelessly ripping Apple off. This is a clear-cut example of that. So much so, that the first thought that crossed my mind when I saw the screenshot for Word was that the fringe looked a lot like iTunes 5. But I’m not complaining. I love the look of Mac apps. This way, I can get the great UI without having to buy a Mac.