Where Have All the Toolbars Gone?

I noticed Windows toolbar UI elements were disappearing a while ago. I think it started with the release of Internet Explorer 7, but was reminded of it again with the first preview shots of Firefox ver. 4.0 that came out last week. Is this now a trend? Have we seen the death of the standard windows toolbar? Where is my File, Edit, View menu?

Internet Explorer 7

The first to kill the toolbar was IE7

Quickly on the heels of IE7 was Office 2007 and the

Quickly on the heels of IE7 was Office 2007 and the "ribbon" interface.

The Adobe CS4 Suite didn't kill the toolbar, the just bumped it up, removing the toolbar header.

The Adobe CS4 Suite didn't kill the toolbar, the just bumped it up, removing the toolbar header.

If IE7 doesn't have a toolbar, neither does IE8

If IE7 doesn't have a toolbar, neither does IE8

The most recent to join the trend is this preview shot of Firefox 4.0

The most recent to join the trend is this preview shot of Firefox 4.0

Is the familiar UI we’ve known for years evolving… for better or worse?

One Comment

gravatar Kieran

I have noticed this as well – and none of these changes was as challenging as the Office 07 change. Now in order to print you had to 1)customize your toolbar, or 2)learn the keystroke, or 3)navigate to the all-in-one MSOffice button and find the print option somewhere amongst all the other mishmosh of UI options.

Don’t even get me started on formatting default settings on blank documents – I also blame that issue on this “slimmed down UI” migration.

Ungh.

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