Microsoft redesigns Office 365 Icons to embrace a modern look

Microsoft redesigns Office 365 Icons to embrace a modern look

Microsoft redesigns Office 365 Icons to embrace a modern look

It's also changing the design of the apps.

This week, head of Microsoft Office design Jon Friedman unveiled the overhauled Office icons on Medium where he also outlined the thought-process behind the redesign. The color palettes for each one of the icons will, fortunately, remain the same, with some slightly updated hues that are brighter and more modern-looking. The Office icons will get a new look after about half a decade.

The video showed off apps like Photos, Mail, Calculator, Calendar, File Explorer, and Microsoft News with the new iconography style on the Start Menu, and they actually look really good. The traditional tool formatting has been removed to make room to the new language design.

"As Design becomes the heart and soul of Office, we've evolved our visual identity to reflect the simple, powerful, and intelligent experiences of Office 365". Friedman states that while each of the icons has a "unique and identifiable symbol", all of them are connected to form a corporate suite. Which is why we see so many companies keep their app icons look the same year after year, to ensure it remains instantly recognisable to their customers - something which makes Microsoft new announcement of a complete redesign of their icons for the popular Microsoft office applications so interesting.

Signature Microsoft Office apps get new-look logos

More than one billion people in a variety of industries, locations and age groups use Microsoft Office, the software giant says. Fluent has slowly been making its way into Windows, and now it's hitting Microsoft Office in a big way. The office suite can be found on iOS, MacOS, and Android and the exact goal of this design overhaul is to have a common design language that transcends all platforms. "This allows us to maintain familiarity while still emphasising simplicity inside the app".

Microsoft has also changed the letter to symbol ratio to emphasize the symbol instead of the letter in each office 365 app icon.

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