Streamlined Ribbon Is Coming to Microsoft Office

Streamlined Ribbon Is Coming to Microsoft Office

Streamlined Ribbon Is Coming to Microsoft Office

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.

Microsoft has released the first preview build of Office 2019 for Mac for its commercial customers. Later this month, some Office Insiders will see them in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Windows. The new update is aimed at delivering more screen space for the writing pad while users can still access the complete suite of commands by expanding the ribbon to classic three-line view.

Simplified ribbon The first application in Office suite to receive the Simplified ribbon is Microsoft Word. The company is holding off a bit on rolling out the new ribbon to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint until more Insider testing has been completed. The updated ribbon offers a cleaner, simpler design, it's also more customizable, allowing people to choose their most-used features.

This overhaul will also feature a new search experience.

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Microsoft today highlighted some upcoming changes for the Office 365 user interface. The company is vastly reducing the size of the ribbon - the toolbar that for so many years has been loaded up with buttons. Features will only become generally available once they've successfully navigated rigorous rounds of validation and refinement, says Jared Spataro, corporate vice preside for Office and Windows marketing. You can see the evolution of Microsoft Office icons over the years in the image below.

In addition to the Fluent Design being added, Microsoft has added a new search experience that uses machine learning and Microsoft AI. Microsoft calls this "zero query search" and notes that the recommendations are powered by artificial intelligence and Microsoft Graph. "People will notice search is now a much more important element of the user experience, providing access to commands, content and people".

The new search features are already available to commercial users on, SharePoint Online, and Outlook Mobile, and will show up on Outlook Online in August. No plans are in place for the rest of the Office ecosystem, but we'd place a small side-wager on it happening to coincide with Office 2019.

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