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Microsoft To Give Office 365, Office.com Apps a Makeover

Wednesday June 13, 2018. 07:20 PM , from Slashdot
Microsoft To Give Office 365, Office.com Apps a Makeover
On the heels of recent redesigns by Google and Apple, Microsoft is giving its Office apps a facelift over the coming months. From a report: Over the coming months, Microsoft will begin rolling out changes to the interface of Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Office 365 and Office Online (Office.com) users. 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. There's a simplified version of the Office Ribbon, which allows users to collapse it so it takes up less space and hides many options, or keep it expanded into the current three-line view. Microsoft is starting to roll out this new Ribbon in the web version of Word to 'select consumer users today in Office.com.' In July, Microsoft will also make this new Ribbon design available in Outlook for Windows. 'We've found that the same ten commands are used 95% of the time by everybody,' said Jon Friedman, General Manager of Design Management and Operations. In Outlook such as 'Reply,' 'Reply All' and 'Forward' are basically universal. But that other five percent is different for every person, so Microsoft is adding an option to remove commands from the Ribbon, such as Archive, for example, and pin others to it, such as 'Reply by IM.'

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