Microsoft Office has pretty new icons but they have a fatal flaw

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Why it matters: Microsoft is redesigning its Office iconography as part of a greater push to implement its Fluent Design language and create unique yet instantly recognizable icons across platforms.

Whereas prior Office icons had a document outline for Microsoft Word and a spreadsheet outline for Excel, it now shows lines of text for Word and individual cells for Excel.

Microsoft on Thursday announced new, redesigned icons for all Office 365 applications to reflect a modern real-time and cloud-based approach for the Redmond giant.

The logos haven't been updated in five years, and Office has changed a lot since then. "We've changed this ratio to now emphasise the symbol because, while the letter represents the tool itself, the symbol speaks more to people's creations".

But regardless of your operating system preferences, Microsoft Office is still the best productivity suite out there.

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The new icons are set to roll out across all platforms in the coming months.

While Microsoft may not be actively promoting the Windows 10 versions of its Office Mobile anymore, the Office team continues to deliver subtle features to user who previously bought into the company's old vision.

There's no denying that the Office suite of apps is Microsoft's most important product, even more critical for the success of the company than Windows. Notably, they are layered in a way that allows them to separate the letter and the accompanying symbol, adding a sense of depth "which sparks opportunities in 3D contexts".

Changes can also be seen in the new File Explorer icons which gets rid of the presumably metal holder.

The release of the new icons is just a pretext for Microsoft to explain the whole process behind it. Outlook Mobile, in particular, is getting overhauled with support for shared mailboxes and updated gestures.

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