Microsoft Is Giving Office 365 A Simplified Fluent Design Makeover



We aren't ready to bring the simplified ribbon to these versions yet because we feel like we need more feedback from a broader set of users first. Users who tend to work more on their own or prefer to have most of the commands at their fingertips will still be able to expand the ribbon to the familiar three-line view. The updated ribbon offers a cleaner, simpler design, it's also more customizable, allowing people to choose their most-used features. The company is vastly reducing the size of the ribbon - the toolbar that for so many years has been loaded up with buttons.

The company recently also announced a preview version of the Mac version of Office 2019, which will be coming to the Mac App Store. The changes will spill over to select Insiders later this month and into July and August while commercial users can see the new search functions in select products from today.

Powerpoint also gets a new Morph transition feature, 4K video support, play-in-click sequence.

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The updates will be exclusive to and Office 365 versions of Microsoft's popular productivity software.

While the updated ribbon will eventually roll out to all Office apps, Microsoft knows the sudden change can impact your work.

To ensure they get it right, Microsoft developed three guiding principles to "use as a north star" that'll include direct customer feedback, understanding the context you're working in and controlling the experience. In July, they will be available on Outlook for Windows, and in August they rolling out to Outlook for Mac. There'll even ben "zero query search" that "will bring up recommendations powered by AI and the Microsoft Graph" as soon as you place a cursor in a search bar. Microsoft is now making it so the search functionality can provide access to commands, content, and people. Next month, it will show up in Outlook for Windows.

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Customers: We're using a customer-driven innovation process to co-create the design of the Office apps. Microsoft has been testing the simplified Ribbon with 30 large Office 365 customers and has been flighting changes to users there to see how they would be accepted, Friedman said.

Microsoft said in a blog post published today that it's refreshing Office 365 apps, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint, in part so that they're more accessible for users with disabilities.

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