- The first Insider builds for the new and improved Office suite will become available to Office Insiders, shortly.
- Microsoft states that a new visual refresh option is coming to the Office desktop applications.
- As the Redmond tech company explains, the classic ribbon interface has been replaced by a collapsible ribbon menu.
- The Office apps corners are also more rounded, and Office now syncs with the default system theme, including dark mode.
Although they are busy with perfecting their upcoming operating system Microsoft still finds time to tweak and redesign some of its trademark applications.
There has been talk of the tech company bringing a new design to its Office suite for quite some time now, and it seems like it’s finally happening.
As a matter of fact, Microsoft has started teasing this change since last year, leaving users wondering if and when this will become reality.
In a video released by the Redmond-based tech giant, we can clearly see hints that point to the revamping of more than just the Office suite, but we will focus on this for the time being.
Microsoft brings a more fluent design to the Office suite
Recent information is pointing to the fact that this long-awaited change is about to pass the threshold between project and tangible product.
One of the most noticeable changes that the Office Suite has been subjected to is the refreshed UI, which looks much modern than Windows 10.
This new and improved Fluent design, on which Microsoft has been working since 2017, brings this app into the Windows 11 era.
So, without further ado, know that this new version of Microsoft Office will become available this week, for testing. And, yes, in order to test it, you will need to become an Office Insider, if aren’t already one.
In order to register yourself as an Office Insider, all you have to do is head on over to Microsoft’s dedicated page and follow the provided steps. It’s a fairly easy process, so don’t be discouraged.
This news got everyone excited, but as usual, there are skeptical users that don’t believe that this change will impact the overall feel of the app that much.
Many of the users that heard about the revamp process are concerned about one major feature in particular, which is dark mode.
Know that the new version of Office will feature an improved dark mode feature, which can be activated just as you would do on the older version of the app.
What new changes is Microsoft introducing?
As explained by the Redmond tech company in their blog post, the classic ribbon interface has been replaced by a collapsible ribbon menu.
Also, corners are also more rounded, and Office now syncs with the default system theme, including dark mode.
All of this is part of Microsoft’s plan to surpass their rivals, such as Apple, and really bring the OS and all its content to the future. And, as the company mentioned repeatedly, this is only the beginning.
Microsoft also added that a new visual refresh option is coming to Office desktop apps. The tech company said it is releasing an Office visual refresh that shines on the new OS but will also be available to users on Windows 10.
The tech giant’s Fluent Design principles are also being applied across the Office desktop app suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, Project, Publisher, as well as Visio.
This new design will automatically be available to any Office Insiders running Beta channel builds, Version 2107 Build 14228.20000 or later.
Of course, users can still opt out of the visual refresh by clicking the megaphone icon in the top right corner to open the Coming Soon panel.
The above-mentioned panel is only available in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote and is not available in Access, Project, Publisher, or Visio.
Also, know that the visual refresh is synced between your Office apps, so if you turn it on in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or OneNote, it’ll be available in Access, Project, Publisher, Visio, and Outlook.
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