Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Microsoft’s redesigned Office icons showcase the future of the software suite

Microsoft’s redesigned Office icons showcase the future of the software suite

For as long as I can remember-which would be since the days of 1991's Word for Windows 2.0-Microsoft's Office apps have sported icons that represent them with a letter and a bit of graphical suggestion of the work they help you do.

Microsoft is giving their OS a new look with the recent release of Windows 10 19H1 Build 18290 that offers fluent design to the Start menu and today they unveiled the new icons for the Office along side new apps AI-powered meetings and chat service, Microsoft Teams.

Image Source Microsoft
Image Source Microsoft

"From the get-go, we embraced Office's rich history and used it to inform design decisions". Simplicity and harmony are key visual elements that reflect the seamless connectivity and intuitiveness of Office apps. Traditionally, the letter occupied two-thirds of the icon, and the symbol took up one-third. "This shift was made to "[speak] more to people's creations", Microsoft says.

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

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The redesigns implement Microsoft's language which the company has incorporated into Windows 10 since a year ago. 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.

Microsoft has decoupled the letter and the symbol in the icons, essentially creating two panels (one for the letter and one for the symbol) that can be paired or separated.

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The new logos look three-dimensional and more like modern app thumbnails. Outlook Mobile, in particular, is getting overhauled with support for shared mailboxes and updated gestures.

It's also unclear when these icons are going to be rolling out.

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