You can now enjoy Office on Windows 11 with the new design

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  • Microsoft’s Office suite now has the Windows 11 design rolling out to the public.
  • Microsoft has made an announcement that a majority of apps on the platform will be refreshed to align with the Windows 11 design.
  • More improvements are yet to come to the Office suite so hold out for that.
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When Windows 11 was released about two months ago, Microsoft Office also got a refreshed interface.

Now, it seems the tech giant has finally finished testing and is rolling out the new design to the general public.

The new design has a sleek and cleaner look that emphasizes accent colors from each app and aligns with the Windows 11 design.

New features

Windows 11 general theme is dark so Office will follow suit. If it is too dark for you, you can change it in settings but it comes in a dark theme by default.

The ribbon has also been tweaked a bit making it look like a floating panel that is popping out. The design now features rounded corners which is a classic Windows 11 style.

Windows 10 too have access

Although released, Microsoft is also working on adding support for Mica transparency which will be available soon.

Another piece of good news is that the new look for Microsoft Office is also available to Windows 10 users.

The only downside is that once the Mica effect is finally released, they will not be able to access it.

The update is also not available to all Windows 10 users because the update is rolling out in phases but will roll out over time. Currently, it is 50% available to those running on the latest Office version.

If you are on Windows 11 and have an active Microsoft 365 subscription or a Microsoft Office 2021 perpetual license, you can have early access to the update. Use the coming soon toggle in the title bar on the Office app.

A few things to keep in mind

While this update has been made available to the general public, it is important to note that the coming soon toggle is available on Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

However, in Outlook, you will not be able to enable the new look. Also, once you enable the new look on any of the other four apps, the change will be applied to all your other Office apps.

What do you think of the new Office look? Let us know in the comment section below.