Microsoft’s new Office icons are a familiar idea in simpler new form

Microsoft said this change is meant to emphasize the content over the program, as Microsoft has focused on jumping across apps within its largest suite and collaborating on documents. Changes including style icons: the colors become brighter, lighter and more user friendly, and popular text editor Word lost the piece of paper that Microsoft used since 1987. As part of an overall effort to modernise its productivity suite, Microsoft is debuting new icons. Strong colors have always been at the core of the Office brand, and new icons are a chance to evolve our palette. The regular apps in the Office Suite aren't the only ones to get new icons either, Skype, Teams and Outlook are getting new icons too. Each of the new Microsoft Office app icons will be rolling out over the next few months. The traditional tool formatting has been removed to make room to the new language design.

Microsoft's Office 365 apps have a new design and boy they look wow.

Each icon has symbols that are unique and denotes a connection with the collective suite. Traditionally, the letter occupied two-thirds of the icon, and the symbol took up one-third.

According to Microsoft, the redesigned Office icons are supposed to be more simple and modern to work across multiple devices and platforms.

Microsoft has decoupled the letter and the symbol in the icons, essentially creating two panels (one for the letter and one for the symbol) that can be paired or separated.

"This allows us to maintain familiarity while still emphasizing simplicity when inside the app", Microsoft said in its blog post.

It's out with the old, and in with the new for Microsoft Office. The ratio has now been tweaked and the emphasis is more on the icon rather than the symbol as according to Office's design head, "the symbol speaks more to people's creations".

Vanessa Coleman