Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Microsoft Office Icons Get New Look 5 Years After Last Refresh

Microsoft Office Icons Get New Look 5 Years After Last Refresh

Windows 10 is the best version of the software so far and the company seems to be modernizing the look of it.

Since the death of Windows Phone, Microsoft has changed focused and embraced other platforms. And Office works across platforms, as it's available on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.

The new icons will join other redesigns that've recently come to Office.

It's been five years since the Office icons were updated, so Microsoft's today announcement is definitely something that the company marks as a major achievement.

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The release of the new icons is just a pretext for Microsoft to explain the whole process behind it. The suite has updated several times in the past few years, adding AI-infused features and more collaboration features.

The icons still maintain their personality, and you'll quickly be able to recognize Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps in any list of computer or mobile applications. Notably, they are layered in a way that allows them to separate the letter and the accompanying symbol, adding a sense of depth "which sparks opportunities in 3D contexts". "By focusing on the content rather than any specific format, these icons embody the collaborative nature of the apps they represent". That's why the Word app loses the document outline in favor of shapes that suggest lines of text. Clearly the new icons look modern especially if you think in terms of touch screen devices, the color palate is much nicer and the size of the icon has increased a little and overall more prominent look makes it visually more appealing. I'm forever losing Outlook among a sea of blue icons-Word, Edge, OneDrive, Teams, Yammer, and Skype-and yearn for a return to the golden glory days.

Over the next couple months, the new icons will be rolling out across mobile and web platforms.

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