Microsoft Office apps are getting new icons

Microsoft Office apps are getting new icons

Microsoft Office apps are getting new icons

Icons for the apps in the Microsoft Office 365 were last re-designed in 2013 when the tech giant had still largely been focusing on its traditional products.

Microsoft has unveiled a new set of icons that the Office apps will start using. And while Windows support has dwindled over the years, Office continues to be as popular as ever as no other competitor has been able to blend the balance of simplicity and power as well as Microsoft has here. It is to note that the change to the icons does not mean any functional improvements. Windows Fluent Design will be incorporated into the Office suite to match the over all look and feel of Windows 10. The Office icons will get a new look after about half a decade. Simplicity and harmony are key visual elements that reflect the seamless connectivity and intuitiveness of Office apps. The color palettes for each one of the icons will, fortunately, remain the same, with some slightly updated hues that are brighter and more modern-looking.

Icons for apps such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint will sport a more simplified look, Microsoft said in a Thursday blog post. Friedman states that while each of the icons has a "unique and identifiable symbol", all of them are connected to form a corporate suite. Microsoft has been working hard over the past few years to bring Office to a broader number of platforms like iOS and Android, with a single core code base that allows them to make changes across each of these platforms. Friedman also mentioned that traditionally the letter occupied two-thirds of the icon while the symbol took one-third. "We've changed this ratio to now emphasize the symbol because while the letter represents the tool itself, the symbol speaks more to people's creations". The design changes to Office go beyond just the icons, however.

The evolution of the Microsoft Word icon.

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