So what is going on with the Microsoft Office products these days? I mean yeah, they are updated and have many new cool productivity tools and features, but … What happened to the template gallery? You see, I think that it is a great dis-service to upgrade/update an application/program and then disable functional features that were staples.
I mean, why tout all these new features, while quietly disabling the functionality of the ones that were previously used? It appears that Microsoft ever so sloppily forgot or cleverly overlooked the extension link, within the programs that attached the office suite to the template gallery. Or, maybe it is just me…
And yes, I have contacted technical support to see if it was just a glitch in my personal software or my computer and I was told, of course, that nope, it is Microsoft….
So I did it the old-fashioned way, I just went to the Microsoft Template gallery online. When I got there I noticed that there are not nearly as many template options as their were in the past, since the big switch in 2010. There used to be the builders, its been so long, I don’t even remember their correct name. Those tools that came with the programs already installed to make creating documents of various types simple and easy, pre-formatted and ready to go…
Now I am faced with having to look else where, and hoping that the open-source rivals will soon over take them in functionality, due to Microsoft’s obvious lack of support, for it’s own product/program design. Build something better, by keeping the things that work and improving on the things that do not. Add new features that enhance the functionality of what is already there and streamline where possible. But don’t create something new that leaves folks longing for what was old. In my opinion that is a product creation fail. You failed to consider your consumers needs, our processes and our functions within your product.
In conclusion, to my rant, it sure would be nice if they would send a quick push-fix to this problem and beef back up the template gallery.
That is all, LOL, ughhh.