Microsoft Office Apps to Get a Facelift!
Changes are Coming Sooner Than You Think…
As you may or may not have heard, Microsoft Office is getting a facelift! Yes, it is long overdue and many people have been eagerly waiting for Microsoft to get with the times.
Microsoft Office is nearly 30 years old (which is ancient from a technology standpoint). Over 1 billion people use it everyday from taking notes to creating a brilliant PowerPoint Presentation. No matter what we use it for, a vast majority have thought that there were things that could change about it. Which brings us to the next point…
What’s Going to Change?
Microsoft will finally implement some changes that are due to roll out soon. They recently announced that they will be releasing one of the biggest Office redesigns to date. They are making the apps faster, more collaborative and making the overall look and feel cleaner and simpler.
The changes will slowly start to trickle in. The first will be on Outlook and Word. There may even be some users that don’t realize there have been a change right away, but here is what to look for Ribbon simplification, New icons/colors, and a Search feature.
What Does Microsoft Say?
According to News.Microsoft.com, The Changes will include the following:
- “Simplified ribbon. A new, updated version of the ribbon is designed to help users focus on their work and collaborate naturally with others. People who prefer to dedicate more screen space to the commands will still be able to expand the ribbon to the classic three-line view.“
- “New icons and color. Across the apps you’ll start to see new icons and colors built as scalable graphics — so they render with crisp, clean lines on screens of any size. These changes are designed to both modernize Office design and make it more inclusive and accessible.“
- “Search. Search will become a much more important element of the user experience, providing access to commands, content and people. With “zero query search” simply placing your cursor in the search box will bring up recommendations powered by AI and the Microsoft Graph.“
The Current Word Toolbar Layout
Currently, this is what the toolbar looks like (above). We are eager to see what the changes that they release look like. They will be releasing those two updates first and then the rest will follow shortly after. We are excited to see what they come out with, and to see where the future goes with the Microsoft Office Apps.
What do you think they will keep? Are you happy about this change as well? Let us know in the comments.
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