Icons of Microsoft Office They got the latest facelift in 2013. Now, following the advent of Windows 10 and its new design language, known as Fluent Design, the company has decided to change the icon set of the familiar applications that make up the office suite.
With this change, and according to Microsoft itself, it is required that the Office reflects its new collaborative and multiplatform character, with what it seeks to create identity stamped outside Windows and it's also recognized in Mac, iOS, and Android.
Office is no longer just Windows
Adopting a modern "flat design", Microsoft's design team made it each icon will stand out in two layers: one for the letter, what is the identity of the application to its color; and another for the fund, which in a simple way emphasizes what the task of this application is. The only exceptions are the case of OneDrive, which maintains the shape of the cloud, and Skype, where its famous "S" attracts attention.
John Friedman, director of design at Microsoft, explains that this allows "to maintain familiarity and at the same time to emphasize the simplicity of being in the application." It is interesting that despite the change, which is a breath of fresh air, The icons are perceived familiar and easily recognizable.
Like curiosity, "Steels" Noet highlights the fact that Microsoft killed the letter "L" in the previous change in 2013 for the Excel icon, which served as an addition to "X" and helped the pronunciation (in English) "XL" = "Excel". Because within these new changes it seems that "L" will never return.
For many years, the Microsoft Excel icon used the letter X with L-type hidden in the background (XL sounds like Excel, .XLS format). the icon for 2013 moved away from L. today's new Excel icon does not renew L. I guess L never returns https://t.co/2ExqbYPKVe pic.twitter.com/aLqSPVBHbK
– Jordan "Java" (@jordannovet) November 29, 2018
It should be noted that this redesign only looks at the icons of its own, not its interface, at least for a moment, so Office 2019 will not undergo changes beyond the icons, which changes will begin to see in the coming days on all platforms where the Office is available.
A change that, according to Microsoft, "requires human designs that emphasize the context and reflect the speed of modern life."