Microsoft has unveiled a new set of icons that the Office apps should start using. Office 365 customers will see their apps switch to the new icons over the next few months, as Microsoft continues to update the look of the core business package.
The last time the Microsoft Office apps got new icons in 201
The new icons are meant to reflect these changes in one way or another. The letters as adorning each icon have been reduced in size, with the rest of the space used to display a highly stylized representation of the application. The colors are a bit brighter too. Strange there are already some discrepancies in the designs; OneDrive does not have a letter at all (it's just a cloud), and Skype uses the old proportions, with a letter much bigger than any of the others.
Overall, I think they look good, but unfortunately they fail to fix the big mistake that was made in 2013. The Outlook icon stays stagnant blue when all long-term users know it's gonna be orange gold. I forever lose Outlook among a sea of blue icons – Word, Edge, OneDrive, Teams, Yammer and Skype – and long for a return to the golden glory times. Unfortunately, Microsoft has ignored me.
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