Microsoft appears to be Redesigning the Office App Icons to Embrace a New World of Work

Microsoft appears to be Redesigning its Windows 10 icons alongside its Office suite. The software giant revealed a new icon design for Office 365 earlier this week, and with it teased some Windows changes it has been considering. “It is a huge undertaking to build a common system and design 10 icons at the same time,” from the head of Office design at Microsoft. “Now that we have established the system we will start to scale it across all of Microsoft.”


As spotted by Thurrott, that this Office effort is just “the beginning of a cross-company effort to update all icons in the same style.” An early glimpse at just how Windows 10 might be updated was teased as part of Friedman’s blog post. It includes Windows 10 concept images that have updated modern icons for photos, news, mail, and many other built-in apps.

It is clear that Over 1 billion people from vastly different industries, geographies, and generations use Office. They work on different platforms and devices and in environments that are faster, more distracting, and more connected than ever before.

To support this changing world of work, Office is transforming into a collaborative suite that lets you work together in real-time from almost any device. Microsoft said to have infused more basic tools with powerful AI: with which you can get insights from data with less effort, while writing a paper using your voice, or make your resume using LinkedIn insights. Also added totally new apps to the suite like the AI-powered meetings and chat service, Microsoft Teams. In the end, it’s great design that makes these experiences fluid and seamless.


For the moment Microsoft Windows 10 still includes icons in some parts of the operating system that have existed for more than 10 years. These older icons look very out of place if you ever come across them, despite Microsoft’s efforts to modernize its Windows design and in particular the way you configure settings in the operating system. Microsoft has had numerous design efforts over the years for Windows, but now that the company is focused on a broad single icon design across the entire company it could be what’s needed to finally clear up some ancient examples.


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