You asked and we did it. Latest version of DotNetBar for Windows Forms 8.8 includes Office 2010 Backstage support for the Ribbon control and it works really nice. Setting this up is piece of cake and I will go over that later but for now… Behold, the Backstage:
Here are more Backstage views from RibbonPad sample that we included with DotNetBar:
DotNetBar Backstage support also implements KeyTips for keyboard access that are displayed if you use Alt key to open up the Application Menu:
And you can easily switch between Office 2010 style Backstage Application menu and Office 2007 style Application menu using single property. Click-here to read Knowledge Base article that covers the Ribbon Backstage setup with DotNetBar.
If you have current DotNetBar license download latest release on Customer Only web site. Fully functional trial version is also available. We are full steam on more exciting features that I can’t wait to share with you, but only after they are fully baked 🙂
So yeah, this would be official announcement of 8.8 release.