Microsoft Office gets a new set of fresh looking icons

Yolanda Curtis
December 1, 2018

The Redmond-based tech giant has announced redesign for Office icons as part of a broader focus on design changes coming to various Office apps.

With the new design, Microsoft is making the most important change where the Office apps are no longer represented by a letter. They're meant to reflect how much Office has changed.

The new logos are on the right
The new logos are on the right

"From the get-go, we embraced Office's rich history and used it to inform design decisions".

In what the company called a "tight rope", Microsoft aimed to keep the familiarity of the older logos, while separating the letters from the symbols. "While each icon has a unique and identifiable symbol, there are connections within each app's symbol and the collective suite". Since then, Office has got a great deal more mobile with apps for iOS and Android, it gained a bigger Web presence, it added a bunch of collaboration features, and it has seen many of its users switch from the perpetual licenses to the continuously updated Office 365.

"Our design solution was to de-couple the letter and the symbol from the icons, essentially creating two panels (one for the letter and one for the symbol) that we can pair or separate". Today, more than 1 billion people use the service, Microsoft said in a blog post, and the way people interact with it has changed dramatically since the last redesign. Windows Fluent Design will be incorporated into the Office suite to match the over all look and feel of Windows 10.

But regardless of your operating system preferences, Microsoft Office is still the best productivity suite out there.

The video showed off apps like Photos, Mail, Calculator, Calendar, File Explorer, and Microsoft News with the new iconography style on the Start Menu, and they actually look really good.

According to The Verge, Outlook for mobile will be getting an update soon, so maybe it will feature elements of this new design.

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