"Another benefit of using a Ribbon for Windows Explorer is that it lends itself well to a touch interface. "
Seems everyone missed this in the article. While I'm old school and not a fan of the ribbon since its inception, I do see a use for the ribbon in the "consumer" devices such as tablets. Until I saw this statement, I hadn't even thought of that possibility.
As for me, I'll adapt, kicking and screaming all the way of course. Give me the option to retain the old menus while providing the new ones for those that choose to use them would be the best way. I comes down to code bloat then.
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