Microsoft Office has pretty new icons but they have a fatal flaw

Angelica Greene
December 1, 2018

This initiative is also part of Microsoft's reflection that represents how much the Office family of apps have evolved over the past five years since the icons last received an update. As you can see from the press materials, the new icons no longer put all the focus on the letter for each Office app. Microsoft also ditched the document outlines in the lines of text for Word and cells for Excel. Other Microsoft apps like Skype, Teams and Outlook are getting updated too. Strong colors have always been at the core of the Office brand, and new icons are a chance to evolve our palette.

"We've infused our tools with powerful artificial intelligence: you can get insights from data with less effort, write a paper using your voice or make your resume using LinkedIn insights". The new set of icons is part of Microsoft's ongoing overhaul of the Office experience with a shift towards a more cloud-centric service. "While each icon has a unique and identifiable symbol, there are connections within each app's symbol and the collective suite".

Traditionally, the letter occupied two-thirds of the icon, and the symbol took up one-third. In a separate reply: "It is a huge undertaking to build a common system and design 10 icons at the same time". Not only this but Outlook Mobile is also getting a design change but the information has not been shared yet.

Microsoft Office Icons Redesigned
Icons Across Various Devices

One of the striking changes is the decoupling of the letter and symbol. Responding to its customer feedback, Microsoft has finally decided that its Office icons need a redesigned. It'll streamlining the ribbon and carrying over its Fluent Design from Windows 10 to the Office apps.

And if Microsoft is to eventually bring the same style to other products, Windows 10 is likely going to be one of the first products to get the new design.

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