The Office 2019 commercial preview for Windows 10 users was rolled out in April this year, with features that are usually seen in the company's Office 365 subscription. The new icons will be vector graphics, so they should be able to render on screens of different sizes and resolutions. These will first appear in in the web version of Word for Office.com, and then roll out in later this month to the Insider versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Windows.
A full rollout to all billion-plus Office users will take time.
Simplified ribbon-Microsoft is introducing an updated simplified version of the ribbon that is created to help users focus on their work and collaborate easily with others.More news: How Meghan Markle dared to break protocol at Queen's birthday parade
Updates include the roaming pencil case and ribbon customizations across Office apps; focus mode in Word; Morph transitions, in-click sequence, and 4k video export in PowerPoint; new charts and functions in Excel; and focused inbox in Outlook. Microsoft is rolling out new features in waves so it can collect feedback and improve Office slowly, which is definitely a good idea given the reaction to some of the changes it's previously implemented.
A quick glance at the new Ribbon reveals them to indeed be easier on the eyes. The tech giant assures, however, that you can still go back to the old ribbon after the new one arrives on those applications. But perhaps the new space-saving design will make this a moot point.
Also going live on the Office.com iteration of Microsoft's productivity suite, this new redesign has three major focuses in all. There will be new colors, icons, and new animations and reveal effects in ribbons. You can see the evolution of Microsoft Office icons over the years in the image below. Microsoft is now making it so the search functionality can provide access to commands, content, and people. And simply tapping in the search box will pop up suggestions based on Microsoft's AI.More news: ‘Trash Panda’ scaled a Minnesota skyscraper, and everyone loved it
Finally, is an enhanced search feature for Office 365 on the web. Microsoft says does not want to bring the new ribbon to Word, Excel, or Powerpoint physical apps just yet, as it doesn't want to make changes to disrupt the workflow in these apps.More news: John Boyega tweets about 'Star Wars' fan harassment, Mark Hamill wades in