The new logos will make their way over to the apps in the coming months, but in the meantime, you can read Friedman wax philosophical on the new designs over at the blog post - or check out the embedded video. As you can see from the press materials, the new icons no longer put all the focus on the letter for each Office app. Microsoft also ditched the document outlines in the lines of text for Word and cells for Excel. The icon redesign is meant to reflect the simplicity, versatility and connectivity of Office 365, the company said. The letters adorning each icon have been reduced in size, with the remainder of the space used to show a highly stylized representation of the application.
The company has been working on a single core codebase for Office, which is now available across Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.
The new app icon designs certainly look more modern, but still retain their familiarity.
Icons are one thing but it is being said that there changes being done to the actual Office apps and these icons are part of that change.
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Microsoft has decoupled the letter and the symbol in the icons, essentially creating two panels (one for the letter and one for the symbol) that can be paired or separated. "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". Last year, it unveiled its new approach, called Fluent design, adding depth, lighting, motion, and more to its aesthetic. The design changes to Office go beyond just the icons, however.
On Thursday, Microsoft previewed the new look, which swaps out the flat-design for thicker, 3D-looking symbols.
According to The Verge, Outlook for mobile will be getting an update soon, so maybe it will feature elements of this new design.