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Microsoft Office gets redesigned: Here are the new changes

14 June, 2018, 18:18 | Author: Tara Roberts
  • Focus Mode in Word from Office 2019 for Mac

The new ribbon will be far more customizable, letting you add or remove any icon you want. That bit is definitely coming to everything, with Windows Excel and PowerPoint for Windows rolling out soon, Outlook will get them next month and finally, the Mac editions will fall into line in August. The new update is aimed at delivering more screen space for the writing pad while users can still access the complete suite of commands by expanding the ribbon to classic three-line view. Like the new ribbon, these more visible icons will also make their debut in the web version of Word at Office.com.

Updates include the roaming pencil case and ribbon customizations across Office apps; focus mode in Word; Morph transitions, in-click sequence, and 4k video export in PowerPoint; new charts and functions in Excel; and focused inbox in Outlook.

"Then, later this month, select Insiders will see them in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Windows". Microsoft's goal with these changes is to offer users a more powerful and streamlined experience.

There are also features for IT that will help them simplify deployment and management.

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Microsoft today highlighted some upcoming changes for the Office 365 user interface. If you don't like it, you can still expand the ribbon to its former size. 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.

Microsoft also is making search smarter by providing recommendations that officials said are "powered by AI" and the Microsoft Graph programming interfaces.

Jared Spataro, who runs Office and Windows marketing, said "the Three Cs" were the guiding principles behind the redesign. The updated so-called "zero query search" feature will give users suggested content, people and documents based on which app they're in and where they are. It doesn't have a schedule for the rest of the Office apps just yet.

Most notably, the company is redesigning the ribbon, the controversial tabbed toolbar implementation that made its debut in 2007, with new Fluent Design features. The new search functionality is already available for commercial users of Office.com, SharePoint Online and the Outlook mobile app, and will start rolling out to the web version of Outlook in August.



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