The company announced that the redesigned Office icons come as part of its focus towards pushing Office as a collaborative suite platform that allows users to access it in real-time the products from any device anywhere. Today, the company is unveiling a new set of icons for Word, Excel PowerPoint, OneNote, Teams, and various other components of the Office suite. "This shift was made to "[speak] more to people's creations", Microsoft says.
The last time these icons were updated was in 2013 when the company moved away from the soft gradient style of the previous icons to the hard and clean lines of the modern Microsoft style.
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The new logos will make their way over to the apps in the coming months, but in the meantime, you can read Friedman wax philosophical on the new designs over at the blog post - or check out the embedded video. Windows Fluent Design will be incorporated into the Office suite to match the over all look and feel of Windows 10. Microsoft Office, which was available only on Windows and Mac initially is now also available on mobile platforms such as Android and iOS as well.
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. It is to note that the change to the icons does not mean any functional improvements.More news: What is the G20 summit and why does it matter?
The new designs definitely look more modern and even fun.
"Similarly, we've changed the letter-to-symbol ratio".
The release of the new icons is just a pretext for Microsoft to explain the whole process behind it.
According to The Verge, Outlook for mobile will be getting an update soon, so maybe it will feature elements of this new design.