Users will instantly know which new icon represents each application.
We can also see changes to the News, Calculator and Calendar icons, which in many ways herald a partial return to skeuomorphism.
Despite claims from the company, Microsoft released a batch of new features to its supposedly deprecated Office Mobile apps. The new set of icons is part of Microsoft's ongoing overhaul of the Office experience with a shift towards a more cloud-centric service. The traditional tool formatting has been removed to make room to the new language design.
"Simplicity and harmony are key visual elements that reflect the seamless connectivity and intuitiveness of Office apps", Microsoft says. The company revealed that the re-designed office icons come as a part of its focus towards pushing office as a collaborative suite platform which allows the users to access it in real time the products from any device anywhere. And while Windows support has dwindled over the years, Office continues to be as popular as ever as no other competitor has been able to blend the balance of simplicity and power as well as Microsoft has here.
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Each icon has symbols that are unique and denotes a connection with the collective suite. Microsoft Office is available on Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, and online. The idea was also to take the letter and the symbol apart. The ratio has now been tweaked and the emphasis is more on the icon rather than the symbol as according to Office's design head, "the symbol speaks more to people's creations".
For instance, the Excel icon has been redesigned into a rectangular shape to reflect the spreadsheets, while Powerpoint has a circular pie chart and Outlook has a mail envelope as its icon, Engadget reported.
The Office apps are not the only ones that's getting their icons updated. The new icon will no longer contain the blue metal holder.