[embedded content] Microsoft has also made a video to introduce the new icons Microsoft has introduced a new set of…
Microsoft has also made a video to introduce the new icons
Microsoft has introduced a new set of icons that the Office apps start to use. Office 365 customers will see their apps switch to the new icons in the next few months, as Microsoft continues to update the look of its core productivity package.
The last time the Microsoft Office device got new icons every 201
3, with the same set of icons also used by Office 2016 and the permanently licensed Office 2019. Since then, Office has got a lot more mobile with apps for iOS and Android that gained a lot of online presence, it provided a lot of collaboration features, and it has seen many of its users switch from the eternal licenses to the continuously updated Office 365.
The new icons are intended to reflect these changes in some way. The letters as adorning each icon have decreased in size, with the rest of the space used to display a highly stylized representation of the program. The colors are a bit brighter too. It is strange that there are already some inconsistencies in the patterns; OneDrive does not have a letter at all (it’s just a cloud) and Skype uses the old proportions, with a letter much bigger than any of the others.
Overall, I think they look great, but unfortunately fail to fix the big mistake made in 2013. The Outlook icon stays stubborn blue when all long-term Outlook users know it’s orange-gold. I always lose Outlook among a sea of blue icons-Word, Edge, OneDrive, Teams, Yammer and Skype-and long for a return to the Golden Anniversary. Unfortunately, Microsoft has ignored my opinion.
Unbelievably this song from the 1980s was written about the color of the Outlook icon.
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