Microsoft recently announced new, redesigned icons for all Office 365 applications to reflect a modern real-time and cloud-based approach for the Redmond giant.
The company announced that the redesigned Office icons come as part of its focus towards pushing Office as a collaborative suite platform that allows users to access it in real-time the products from any device anywhere. The new icons have been rolled out for Office 365 apps including Outlook, OneDrive, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint, Teams, Skype, and Yammer.
The world is a completely different place than it was five years ago when the Office icons were last updated, especially in terms of technology. The suite from 2013 is pretty unrecognisable compared to the most recent versions of the software: Office now boasts features that encourage collaboration between people across countries, supports AI-powered tools that make virtually everything easier, and even has added brand new applications including Microsoft Teams, which may not have even been a thought five years ago.
According to Microsoft, the new icons as a signal to users of these major product evolutions. The colors have been changed to be “bolder, lighter, and friendlier” as a nod to how Office has developed; the design has evolved to be simpler in accordance with gestalt principles each icon looks like it belongs with the others to symbolize app interoperability.
Despite this visual overhaul, the icons are still hold true to their roots all five generations that use the suite across various platforms and devices will still be able to identify the apps that have, in part, defined the digital revolution.
Over the next couple months, the new icons will be rolling out across mobile and web platforms.