Friday, 19 October, 2018

Office 365 is getting fluent design, simplified ribbon, other design changes

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Sandy Mccarthy | 13 June, 2018, 23:36

Microsoft says that later on this month, Insiders will start seeing these changes in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Windows, and then they will show up in Outlook next month.

Microsoft specifically mentioned that they are planning to carefully monitor usage and feedback as the changes roll out, and they will update their designs based on that.

The Ribbon-that collection of icons for frequently needed functions at the top of the program window-drew ire when it first appeared in Microsoft Office, but most users now find it indispensable.

The first major change is the updated design for the ribbon.

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New features include a roaming pencil case and ribbon customizations in all these Office apps. Office 2019, the next perpetually licensed version of the suite, will retain the existing ribbon interface. Later this month, a select group of Office Insiders also will see these new design elements in Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Windows.

For everyone else, Microsoft is moving forward cautiously, especially when it comes to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Windows. And while the new design is meant to focus on simplicity, you'll still be able to expand the ribbon to the classic three-line view.

The new icons are meant to render more crisply and cleanly on screens of any size and to look better for those with vision impairments.now there are more than 10,000 different icons in Office, Friedman noted, and Microsoft wanted to make them more consistent and accessible from the get-go, using color, contrast and other design elements. The new icons are all vector graphics, so they can be scaled and resized while retaining their clean, crisp lines. Users should also expect a "zero query search" when hovering over the search box, powered by AI and the Microsoft Graph.

That subscription qualification is important: only Office 365 subscribers will get this new interface. Command-line tools will allow IT admins to centrally control how and when Office updates are applied to users' devices, and support for industry-standard MDM policies and preferences will give IT the power to enforce organization-wide security policies, including preferences for Visual Basic macros and app settings. Nearly all these features are already available for Office 365 ProPlus users, but owners and users of stand-alone Office for Mac 2016 have been missing out on them. Once Microsoft collects feedback from those users, it will roll out the changes to everyone else.

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