Hard to believe Microsoft Office has been with us for 30 years. 30 years!
In a recent sneak peek video via the Microsoft Blog, Microsoft showed what user interface changes are in store for apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. The new look will be similar to what we have seen with the Fluent Design System that Microsoft unveiled last year and will arrive over the next few months. Big changes include a more simplified ribbon at the top, new colors and icons, as well as new "zero query search" feature that offers recommendations based on what the cursor is hovering over.
Notes from Microsoft:
"Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Windows offer our deepest, richest feature set-and they're the preferred experience for users who want to get the most from our apps. Users have a lot of "muscle memory" built around these versions, so we plan on being especially careful with changes that could disrupt their work. 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. But when we do, users will always be able to revert back to the classic ribbon with one click."
Expect to try the new Microsoft Office in a few short months.