Have a gripe about Office? A couple of guys at Microsoft Corp. want to hear it directly. "Make Office Better" is an unofficial project launched by an Office product planner and a Windows software tester at Microsoft, reports the Associated Press. Individuals submit ideas and weigh in on whether they like the ideas submitted by others. Topics that resonate most with the crowd should get the most "me, too" votes and rise to the top. It’s similar to the approach taken by the news aggregator site digg.com and the IdeaStorm product-suggestion site run by PC maker Dell Inc.
After a few weeks online, Make Office Better has racked up about 750 ideas, but only about 150 of them got 10 votes or more. One particularly passionate user made at least eight separate submissions to "Ditch the Ribbon," referring to the new user interface introduced with Office 2007. The leading suggestion, to change the way the Outlook e-mail program handles Web-page-style e-mails, was posted by one of the project’s founders, Steve Zaske…

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