Microsoft has given the icon for its Office family of apps a whole new, fresh and modern look, and they are very proud of it. The redesign will first apply to programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Outlook and Skype, among a few others.
These new icons are a pretty significant departure from the look of Microsoft's products so it will be interesting to see if any of the Microsoft apps get updated to support the new design.
The new icons will join other redesigns that've recently come to Office.
"From the get-go, we embraced Office's rich history and used it to inform design decisions".
One of the striking changes is the decoupling of the letter and symbol.
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.
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The redesigns implement Microsoft's language which the company has incorporated into Windows 10 since past year. Responding to its customer feedback, Microsoft has finally decided that its Office icons need a redesigned.
The new designs definitely look more modern and even fun.
The letter-to-symbol ratio has also been changed.
It's also unclear when these icons are going to be rolling out.
"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", Jon Friedman, Microsoft Office's design head, said in the blog post.
According to The Verge, Outlook for mobile will be getting an update soon, so maybe it will feature elements of this new design.