Microsoft Office apps to get gorgeous new icons in the coming months
Microsoft Office is getting yet another major update, though this time it’s nothing to do with new collaboration tools or a UI change. Instead, it’s the app icons that are getting a new look.
The announcement came via a Medium blog post penned by Jon Friedman, who heads the Microsoft Office design team. Using hues that are “bolder, lighter and friendlier” and “gestalt principles to further emphasize key product changes”, the first icon revamp will be for the following 10 apps: Outlook, OneDrive, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint, Teams, Yammer, and Skype. According to Friedman, there are plans to update the icons for other apps such as PowerBI, Sway, and Visio.
Personally, I think the icons look good. The last time these app icons got updated was in 2013, and Office has changed a lot in terms of features and UI in the last five years (design trends, too), so it’s high time for an update. On a broader level, I also see this as Microsoft bringing Windows 10’s Fluent Design System closer to the Office suite. My only gripe is that on iOS, these icons lose their unique look when they’re set in a white round-rect icon – at a glance, this icon-in-an-icon look reminds me of Google’s iOS app icons.
Microsoft will be rolling out the new Office icons in the coming months.