On 29 November Microsoft some updates on office 365 icons.
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Microsoft has unveiled new icons for its Office programs, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
It’s the first time the Office icons have changed in five years, and they’re designed to be more simple and modern to span across multiple devices and platforms. Office now exists on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android, and Microsoft has been building a single core codebase to make rapid monthly improvements to the apps.
The colorful designs will be rolled out to nearly one billion Office users across the world in the coming months, replacing the icons that were introduced in 2013.
Microsoft said it chose colors that were “bolder, lighter and friendlier” while embracing “simplicity and harmony”.
Microsoft has swapped the document outlines in previous icons for lines of text for Word and individual cells for Excel. Surprisingly, the icons still look instantly recognizable, which is important for the millions of users that launch these apps every day.
The evolution of the Word icon
Icons are only one part of a design, and Microsoft is making some subtle changes to Office elsewhere. The software giant is simplifying its ribbon interface and bringing its Fluent Design system from Windows 10 to Office apps. The subtle color changes to modernize the look and feel of Office are coming to Windows, Mac, mobile, and the web. One of Microsoft’s most popular mobile apps, Outlook Mobile, is also getting a major design overhaul soon with shared mailbox support and new gestures for accounts and folders.
“We wanted a visual language that emotionally resonates across generations, works across platforms and devices, and echoes the kinetic nature of productivity today,” a spokesperson wrote in a blog post.
The result is two panels – one featuring the letter and one with the symbol – that can be put together or separated. The Word icon, for example, features the letter “W” half-attached to a square containing blocks of blue – representing lines of text.