The new icons for Microsoft Office 365 feature bolder, lighter colors, combined with a simpler look.
Microsoft has unveiled new icons for Office 365 suites such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Skype and many more. The new icons feature darker, lighter colors, combined with a simpler look. These icons will replace existing designs introduced in 2013.
In a Medium post, John Friedman, head of Microsoft Office Design, explains the philosophy behind the new icons. “Today’s workforce includes five generations using offices on multiple platforms and devices and in environments such as work, home and on the go. We wanted a visual language that resonated emotionally from generation to generation, working across platforms and devices, and echoing the pace of today’s productivity. Our design solution was to decoup the letter and symbol in the icons, basically creating two panels (one for the letter and one for the symbol) that we could add or subtract. This allows us to maintain familiarity while emphasizing simplicity within the app. “
Friedman notes that the new icons will begin rolling out in the coming months on all platforms, starting with mobile and the web.
In September of this year, Microsoft launched Office 2019 for PC and Mac. Interestingly, Office 2019 is only supported on Windows 10 and not on older versions like Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. MacOS support for Office 2019, however, includes versions 10.14, 10.13 and 10.12 Office 2019 includes updated versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Windows versions include the maintenance-mode versions of Publisher, Access, Project, and VCO, which means they’re getting security fixes, but the feature hasn’t changed since the previous version of Office 2016.