Microsoft Office icons have been redesigned

  • Microsoft Office icons have been redesigned

Microsoft Office icons have been redesigned

Taken from the explanatory video for the Office icons, which Microsoft said focussed more on content and "resonated over generations", the screenshot above shows changes to the Photos icon for Windows 10.

It's out with the old, and in with the new for Microsoft Office.

"From the get-go, we embraced Office's rich history and used it to inform design decisions".

The release of the new icons is just a pretext for Microsoft to explain the whole process behind it. But the hues of the new icons are bolder than those used for the previous icons.

It's out with the old and in with the new for Microsoft Office.       Microsoft Design
It's out with the old and in with the new for Microsoft Office. Microsoft Design

According to Microsoft, the redesigned Office icons are supposed to be more simple and modern to work across multiple devices and platforms. Office has evolved from a line of apps that users download and work on from their computers to a cloud-based subscription service where they can collaborate with others across a multitude of platforms.

"Our design solution was to decouple the letter and the symbol in the icons, essentially creating two panels (one for the letter and one for the symbol) that we can pair or separate", Jon Friedman, Microsoft Office's design head, said in the blog post.

Microsoft Office is rolling out new app icon designs for the first time in five years. This allowed the company to "maintain familiarity" while "emphasising simplicity". The changes will start showing up on mobile in the next few months, and on Windows and Mac in the months following. "While each icon has a unique and identifiable symbol, there are connections within each app's symbol and the collective suite". "We've changed this ratio to now emphasize the symbol because while the letter represents the tool itself, the symbol speaks more to people's creations".