Recently, Microsoft has published a post in Medium about the new Office icons. The company redesigned the icons to cop up with the changing world by providing a new look and feel to the Office system.
Jon Friedman, Head of Microsoft Office design, shared new images of the Windows logo, and redesigned app icons via post. The redesigned logo has softer and rounded corners and multiple shades of blue as compared to the sharp corners and a single shade of blue in the current design.
In the post, Jon Friedman mentioned that they had redesigned over 100 icons with subtle tweaks, making them look more uniform as a whole. According to the shared images, the icons have color gradients and curved edges. The main focus of it is to clean up its Windows icon problem and to make the icons look three dimensional. By all this, Microsoft is pushing to modernize its software and services under the Fluent Design System. Jon also noted that the new look of icons are designed by listening to customer suggestions around the world.
From mild to wild, we explored a multitude of design directions and listened to customers around the world. We learned what didn’t resonate with people (flat design and muted colors) and what did (depth, gradations, vibrant colors, and motion), all of which drove our decisions.
The same icon designs could be found on Windows 10X, the company’s upcoming OS, for foldable PCs. Windows 10X icons also have depth, rounded edges, and color gradients. Thus, Microsoft’s redesigned icons have, uniformity, modern look and feel and are mobile-friendly.
However, the company didn’t mention anything about when these new office icons will be available. We think that these designs will come as a whole in a feature update of Windows 10 instead of single app updates over a while.