Microsoft in the present day introduced that it’s bringing a brand new person interface design to its Workplace apps like Phrase, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. This new look shall be in step with the Fluent Design System the corporate launched final 12 months and can roll out to each the Workplace.com on-line apps and the Workplace desktop instruments over the course of the subsequent few months.
Apart from the general swap to the Fluent Design System, which is actually Microsoft’s tackle what Google is doing with Materials Design, there are three main modifications to the design of the Workplace apps.
The obvious is the redesigned and simplified Ribbon — although Microsoft is taking a really cautious strategy with rolling this new characteristic out to all customers. Whereas it was a bit controversial when it first launched in Workplace 2007, most customers rapidly acquired used to the Ribbon and Microsoft rapidly introduced it to nearly all its Home windows and on-line purposes. With this replace, Microsoft is collapsing the normal three-row view right into a single line that highlights a very powerful options. Customers who need the normal view can nonetheless increase the simplified Ribbon and get that full view.
Microsoft is clearly conscious that that is going to be a controversial transfer, so it’s solely launching the brand new Ribbon for the net model of Phrase for now. Some Workplace Insiders can even see it in Outlook for Home windows in July. For now, although, the corporate is holding again on a wider rollout.
“Phrase, Excel, and PowerPoint on Home windows supply our deepest, richest characteristic set – and so they’re the popular expertise for customers who need to get essentially the most from our apps,” the corporate writes in in the present day’s announcement. “Customers have loads of ‘muscle reminiscence’ constructed round these variations, so we plan on being particularly cautious with modifications that might disrupt their work. We aren’t able to deliver the simplified ribbon to those variations but as a result of we really feel like we’d like extra suggestions from a broader set of customers first. However after we do, customers will at all times have the ability to revert again to the basic ribbon with one click on.”
The opposite main visible overhaul here’s a new set of colours and icons. In contrast to the brand new Ribbon, these design modifications will make their technique to all of the Workplace purposes quickly. The Net model of Phrase at Workplace.com will get it first, adopted by an Insider launch for Phrase, Excel and PowerPoint on Home windows later this month. Outlook for Home windows will comply with in July, with Outlook for Mac getting it this replace in August.
One other new characteristic that’s much less in regards to the design however the person expertise is the launch of what Microsoft calls ‘zero question search.” This AI- and Microsoft Graph-powered characteristic is supposed to deliver up helpful suggestions on your searches each time you place your cursor into the search field. For business customers, this characteristic is already stay in Workplace.com, SharePoint On-line and the Outlook cell app. It’ll roll out to Outlook on the internet in August.