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New video from Microsoft breaks down the 'Rebirth of Office'

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft gives a glimpse behind the redesign of the Office icon in a new video and post.
  • Microsoft breaks down how it created a new Office icon while building off past icons.
  • As is the norm for Office videos, it's quite cinematic.

Microsoft's Nando Costa shared a post and a new video (opens in new tab) today that goes through the evolution of the Office icon. Costa shares a glimpse into how much effort goes into redesigning a single icon. While the video shows off a refreshed Office app, Costa's post on LinkedIn focuses on the redesign of the Office icon.

Microsoft's Office videos became dramatically more cinematic recently. Microsoft's video showing off dark mode was one of the first, and the trend has continued as more design videos come out.

Redesigning an orange square-ish shape might seem like a straightforward task, but Costa shows how the icon design went through several iterations. Additionally, Microsoft had to pick a color palette and make sure that angles and elements of the design line up well.

If you don't pay close attention to icon design, you end up with flaws that just seem off to some people. For example, many complained about the Google logo when it came out.

Office Icon Redesign

Source: Microsoft (Image credit: Source: Microsoft)

As shown in the image above, Office's design team took time to make color gradients look good and for angles to line up.

Earlier this year, Microsoft showed how its "icons of the future" extend across platforms. Microsoft shared a similar video towards the end of last year about its Office icons for mobile devices.

At the end of Costa's post, there's another video about the Office icon and many the iterations that it went through in the design process.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

9 Comments
  • looks really nice.
  • Oh, good grief. Such angst over creating a stupid icon.
  • I prefer this over when Google released an icon that didn't line up or make sense in terms of design.
  • It's more difficult to create that video than to redesign the logos
  • Changing the icon = the “Rebirth of Office”? Huh? So, I could put a new icon on Office 95 and Office 95 would be “reborn”?
  • The focus is on the Office app, which brings a bunch of new functionality like OCR for tables and new thinking on the mobile workflow. Didn't you see all that in the video?
  • watch the first video … has nothing to do with the icon... good grief you people are brainless
  • Better yet, read the article, then watch the video. I can relate to your anger.
  • Early on in the article it says, "While the video shows off a refreshed Office app, Costa's post on LinkedIn focuses on the redesign of the Office icon." The article from Costa focuses primarily on the icon while the first video focuses on the refreshed Office app. That video is within Costa's article as well and shows the context of the "Rebirth of Office." At the end of the article you can see the video based on the icon.