I’m turning into the crabby office lady, I tell ya.

WHO’S BRILLIANT IDEA WAS IT TO PUT THE TABS IN OFFICE VNEXT IN ALL CAPS?  YOU GUYS DO REALIZE THAT’S CONSIDERED SHOUTING…RIGHT?  THAT IN ONLINE COMMUNICATION IT’S ACTUALLY CONSIDERED RUDE?  YOU MAY SAY THAT IT’S METRO FONT, BUT GIVEN THAT SOME PARTS OF THE INTERFACE ARE ALL CAPS whereas others have the more normal formatting, all that it ends up being is jarring.

Not to mention, in your forums where Metro font is used you don’t use all caps… so I don’t get with the all caps stuff?  ( http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/officeitpropreview)

in other locations, metro can mean the use of all lowercase and no capitalization at all, so I don’t quite understand the inconsistency going on.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_caps

With the advent of the Bulletin board system, or BBS, and later the Internet, typing messages in all caps became closely identified with “shouting” or attention-seeking behavior, and is considered very rude. As a result, netiquette generally discourages the use of all caps when posting messages online. While all caps can be used as an alternative to rich-text “bolding” for a single word or phrase, to express emphasis, repeated use of all caps can be considered “shouting” or irritating

Of course I should talk, my blog title is in all caps as I did that eons ago and never changed it.  So maybe Microsoft is just trying to be Diva like?

 

4 Responses to HELLO OFFICE PEOPLE, I’M SHOUTING AT YOU

  1. Mike says:

    So our new company policy is to follow the Metro style and in all communication with Microsoft use ALL CAPS.

  2. Indy says:

    Actually all caps are used throughout your site… And you seemed to have survived.

  3. Joe Raby says:

    I downloaded the Office 365 Small Business Premium Preview (they need to work on those names!…) and they have SkyDrive in this thing (or as you put it, Sue: “*SKYDRIVE!!!!!*”). My question is: WHY? Why have SkyDrive in the Office 365 for businesses when you have SharePoint in there? I thought SkyDrive was for consumers…. Since when did SharePoint do away with document storage and collaboration features?? And what happens with the web app support at the cheaper price points for the service? Why cut out the Office Web Apps from SharePoint in the SMB space only to push users over the SkyDrive’s web apps? Do I smell worse terms of service for the SMB packages because they rely on SkyDrive more than SharePoint? What about privacy?

  4. Marcos Sebastian says:

    Yes! All your headlines are in CAPS… In software design, caps are used to make a distinction; just as they are between your headline and the story content.

    When it comes to BBS etiquette, you are 100% correct.