Microsoft redesigns Office icons as part of a larger Office design overhaul

Microsoft redesigns Office icons as part of a larger Office design overhaul

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.

The Microsoft Office team has redesigned all the icons within the Office suite of products to better line up with the company's new design language.

All your favourite tools - Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Skype - are getting fresh icon designs for the first time since 2013.

Microsoft has unveiled a new set of icons that the Office apps will start using.

Changes can also be seen in the new File Explorer icons which gets rid of the presumably metal holder.

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"From the get-go, we embraced Office's rich history and used it to inform design decisions". Traditionally, the letter occupied two-thirds of the icon, and the symbol took up one-third. 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. The letter representing each Office program has also been downsized. Microsoft Office, which was available only on Windows and Mac initially is now also available on mobile platforms such as Android and iOS as well.

Microsoft has decoupled the letter and the symbol in the icons, essentially creating two panels (one for the letter and one for the symbol) that can be paired or separated.

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

The new designs definitely look more modern and even fun. 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.

According to The Verge, Outlook for mobile will be getting an update soon, so maybe it will feature elements of this new design.

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