Microsoft has started releasing the new look and feel for its Office application suite to the general public on Windows. Introduced in June, the design was thought to suit the visual identity introduced by Windows 11 and brings some very interesting concepts.
The first thing a lot of people might notice is the cleaner appearance and greater emphasis on the accent colors of each application, so it’s easier to know what software you’re working on just at a glance. In Word, for example, you’ll notice a color palette pulled towards blue, while in Power Point you’ll notice more shades of orange/red.
Another important addition is support for your operating system’s default theme: if Windows has the dark theme enabled, all programs will use black tones instead of white — the texts in this case are no longer black and become whites. This change may be strange for many people, but it was perfect for lovers of dimly lit tones, which strain the eyes of those who need to work all day in front of the PC.
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The ribbon and its icons now adopt a square look with rounded corners, which gives a more elegant appearance, and can be customized with the shortcuts you use most in your day to day. Dialogs and menus have also been revamped to have this Windows 11-inspired look.
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Microsoft has also promised to add support for the Mica transparency effect, characteristic of Windows 11, but still little known to non-users of the system. In practice, it delivers a transparency effect, as it does in the Start Menu and system software.
Although it was designed for Microsoft’s new system — and whoever is on it has priority in distribution — Windows 10 users also have access to the revamped look. Microsoft 365 subscribers or Microsoft Office 2021 perpetual license holders can enjoy the new thing right now by clicking the “Coming Soon” toggle button, the megaphone icon in the title bar of Office apps.
Remember that most of these additions basically affect the visual part, with very little impact on the experience of using the Office tools. So, if you haven’t received the update yet (only 50% of users are running the latest version) just wait for the gradual release.