Microsoft Is Giving Office 365 A Simplified Fluent Design Makeover

Microsoft Is Giving Office 365 A Simplified Fluent Design Makeover

The new icons are meant to render more crisply and cleanly on screens of any size and to look better for those with vision there are more than 10,000 different icons in Office, Friedman noted, and Microsoft wanted to make them more consistent and accessible from the get-go, using color, contrast and other design elements. The new ribbon will be far more customizable, letting you add or remove any icon you want.

In related news, Microsoft yesterday announced a Office 2019 for Mac Preview for commercial customers. They'll then make make their way to Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Windows later this month, to Outlook for Windows in July and then to Outlook for Mac in August. And while the new design is meant to focus on simplicity, you'll still be able to expand the ribbon to the classic three-line view.

The first major change is the updated design for the ribbon.

The new Ribbon will have just one row of icons, which were redesigned to be scalable not only for a sharper, more modern appearance, but also help with accessibility.

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The company announced Wednesday it will begin rolling out subtle changes to the and Office 365 app designs in order to make them look simpler and less cluttered. Microsoft is rolling out new features in waves so it can collect feedback and improve Office slowly, which is definitely a good idea given the reaction to some of the changes it's previously implemented.

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Microsoft is also making Search more powerful by adding artificial intelligence to the backend.

Search will become more prominent with Microsoft saying it "will become a much more important element of the user experience, providing access to commands, content, and people". Starting in July, it will be available in Outlook for Windows and Outlook for Mac in August. To name a few, features like the roaming pencil case and ribbon customisations will debut in the Office apps with the new edition. "With 'zero query search, ' simply placing your cursor in the search box will bring up recommendations powered by AI and the Microsoft Graph". Microsoft has been testing the simplified Ribbon with 30 large Office 365 customers and has been flighting changes to users there to see how they would be accepted, Friedman said.

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