Microsoft’s redesigned Office icons showcase the future of the software suite

Microsoft Office Icons Redesigned

Microsoft Office Icons Redesigned

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. The Redmond-based tech giant has announced redesign for Office icons as part of a broader focus on design changes coming to various Office apps.

Whereas prior Office icons had a document outline for Microsoft Word and a spreadsheet outline for Excel, it now shows lines of text for Word and individual cells for Excel.

Despite claims from the company, Microsoft released a batch of new features to its supposedly deprecated Office Mobile apps.

The new icons are meant to somehow reflect these changes.

Microsoft Office Icons Redesigned
Icons Across Various Devices

"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 symbols have also been tweaked with brighter and deeper colors. Simplicity and harmony are key visual elements that reflect the seamless connectivity and intuitiveness of Office apps.

"Our design solution was to de-couple the letter and the symbol from the icons, essentially creating two panels (one for the letter and one for the symbol) that we can pair or separate". The icons have also switched up the letter-to-symbol ration, giving two-thirds of the space to the symbol and one-third to the letter. Responding to its customer feedback, Microsoft has finally decided that its Office icons need a redesigned.

Microsoft said it's rolling out other design changes to Office.

There's no denying that the Office suite of apps is Microsoft's most important product, even more critical for the success of the company than Windows. Outlook Mobile is even getting an overhaul, with shared mailbox support and new gestures.

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