A little over a year ago I blogged about getting Microsoft to provide access to the new ribbon UI available in $g(Office 2007) and just recently they’ve announced a licensing agreement. While I would prefer to see MS make their implementation available like the existing common controls this seems like a fairly reasonable exchange. Reading Jensen Harris’ blog it seems that developer request help make the different in getting this pushed through. Thanks Jensen for getting the word out!
Update: Here is a video of Jensen discussing this announcement.