Microsoft presented on Thursday (29) the first redesign of the Office Package icons in five years. Symbols for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Skype gain new face, among other software developed by the company. The most modern updated look and highlight the smallest letter that indicates the name of the program. At the same time, the graphic elements retain the traditional colors and other attributes that make apps recognized by the public.
The design change will be implemented gradually over the next few months. The update will start on the Android and iPhone (iOS) mobile apps and on the web versions of the services. In the sequence, the novelty should reach downloads for computers, in Windows and macOS. According to Microsoft, the new language aims to emphasize the content and the collaborative aspect of these tools. The change reflects even in the proportion of the letter of each icon: they no longer occupy two thirds of the total area of ??the figure, to highlight the rest of the shape as a whole.
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Microsoft announces new design for Office icons Photo: Divulgao / Microsoft
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The redesign of Office cones usually comes in waves. The last changes took place in 2003, 2007, 2010 and, more recently, in 2013. The update announced in 2018, therefore, marks the end of the longest period without a visual novelty for Microsoft's program icons.
The biggest change in the new design is the abandonment of the edges. The cones start to adopt colored formats internally, with different tones to create shapes that indicate the nature of the software. In the Word symbol, for example, the color combination reflects the appearance of a document with lines. In Excel, the set of colored elements assembles a grid that resembles cells in a spreadsheet. While in OneNote, another app that has a refurbished look, the icon gains annotation contours, always through different shades of the same base color.
Change in icons starts on cell phone and web Photo: Divulgao / Microsoft
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