Like the new ribbon, these more visible icons will also make their debut in the web version of Word at Office.com. There will be new colors, icons, and new animations and reveal effects in ribbons. Still, even after it's rolled out to everyone, and you're not a fan or want to ease into the new design, you'll have the ability to revert to a classic ribbon with one click. The updated ribbon offers a cleaner, simpler design, it's also more customizable, allowing people to choose their most-used features.
Speaking of colors, users will also start to notice new colors and icons across Office apps that are built as scalable graphics meant to both modernize the experience and make it more accessible.
But for those who actually bother to look at the screen as they work, there's good news, especially if you need a bit of extra help.
On the Microsoft 365 blog, Chief Designer Jon Friedman notes that Fluent Design is coming to Office and Office.com. Microsoft favors its subscription based Office 365 ProPlus, and all these features being added to the perpetual update are already available to those paying a monthly fee.
Spataro explained that for the new design effort, Microsoft had researched and analysed customer input, and given them access to concepts and involvement in creating the new look for Office 365.
Microsoft said the Mac variant of its Office productivity suite is set to ship alongside Office 2019 for Windows some time in the second half of this year. Users should also expect a "zero query search" when hovering over the search box, powered by AI and the Microsoft Graph. Following on from the initial business preview of Office 2019 for Windows in April, the company has now announced that Office 2019 will be available as a preview for Mac machines with immediate effect.
It sounds like these are just the first new features in a larger Office redesign. You can see the new icons in the image above, and as with the simplified ribbon, we'll see these launch in Word for Office.com this month before arriving to Insiders using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Windows later in June.