This is a little tangential, but In Office 2010 they have "Customize the Ribbon" which (gasp) changes the Ribbon MetaGame for me. My chief complaint against the static ribbon was where they jammed features, which simply wasn't where the muscle memory wanted to go.
But if you can design your OWN ribbon for any app, then I LIKE the ribbon! Because it does in fact reduce clicks to instantly pick *either* of Paste Special Values or Paste Special Formats. Both are way faster than RClick/Paste/Special/____.
But the last secret sauce is get Excel (for example) to "Show ALL features." There's half deprecated features still buried in the code.