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Microsoft's Office UI update includes a simpler, cleaner ribbon

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Cecil Davis | 14 June, 2018, 09:08

Microsoft's also talked up new menu aminations, plus "inclusive and accessible" icons that use colour to achieve "higher contrast".

Microsoft has announced that it's giving its flagship Office suite a makeover created to deliver a balance of "power and simplicity". Microsoft is bringing focused inbox to Outlook, as well as Send Later.

Key to the Office app redesign are an updated Ribbon, icon refreshes and new ways to more easily see changes coming to the Office suite.

The changes bring the "fluent design" concept Microsoft has adopted in other products to Office. New features include the roaming pencil case and ribbon customisations across Office apps.

The new icons are meant to render more crisply and cleanly on screens of any size and to look better for those with vision there are more than 10,000 different icons in Office, Friedman noted, and Microsoft wanted to make them more consistent and accessible from the get-go, using color, contrast and other design elements. Gradually rolling out over the next few months, users should first expect to see enhancements to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. They'll then make make their way to Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Windows later this month, to Outlook for Windows in July and then to Outlook for Mac in August.

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Microsoft also explained in its blog, "Office 2019 for Mac also includes features for IT that will help simplify deployment and management". Users who tend to work more on their own or prefer to have most of the commands at their fingertips will still be able to expand the ribbon to the familiar three-line view.

Finally, Microsoft is looking to make search more efficient.

That subscription qualification is important: only Office 365 subscribers will get this new interface.

Word for will be the first app to feature the new colors and icons, followed by Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Windows sometime in June for some Office Insiders and Outlook for Windows users in July.

Before users type a query into Outlook's search box, for example, the application will offer recommendations generated by artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and Microsoft Graph, a collection of APIs that deliver contextual information to users based on employee information and content stored across Microsoft's business software and cloud offerings.