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Microsoft Office icons on Windows get a new look

Microsoft Office icons on Windows get a new look”

And although Microsoft didn't mention anything about bringing the same iconography style to its other products like Windows 10, the video for the new Office icon design featured shots of Windows 10 with these new logos. The new icons will reach apps and the web in the coming months.

Icons are one thing but it is being said that there changes being done to the actual Office apps and these icons are part of that change.

"We've infused our tools with powerful artificial intelligence: you can get insights from data with less effort, write a paper using your voice or make your resume using LinkedIn insights". The letters that Microsoft uses for its Office apps are still there, but the background has been changed to something simpler - geometric shapes associated with the apps.

One of the striking changes is the decoupling of the letter and symbol. The letter representing each Office program has also been downsized. Windows Fluent Design will be incorporated into the Office suite to match the over all look and feel of Windows 10.

Microsoft said it's rolling out other design changes to Office.

It's out with the old and in with the new for Microsoft Office
It's out with the old and in with the new for Microsoft Office

While Microsoft may not be actively promoting the Windows 10 versions of its Office Mobile anymore, the Office team continues to deliver subtle features to user who previously bought into the company's old vision.

This week, head of Microsoft Office design Jon Friedman unveiled the overhauled Office icons on Medium where he also outlined the thought-process behind the redesign.

Our design solution was to decouple the letter and the symbol in the icons, essentially creating two panels (one for the letter and one for the symbol) that we can pair or separate.

He said the new icons are "bolder, lighter and friendlier - a nod to how Office has evolved".

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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