Office 365's app launcher is getting an overhaul on the web

Microsoft is gearing up to overhaul the app launcher{.nofollow} for Office 365 on the web. Based on feedback from Office 365 users, Microsoft says it will ditch the current tiled interface in favor of a more compact visual look that should be less of a hassle to navigate (via OnMSFT).

The new app launcher is made up of two primary sections: Apps and Documents. Apps will still show your most used Office 365 apps along with apps chosen based on types of users (like teachers and students). All apps can be accessed with a click to the "All Apps" section, which can be searched from a dedicated search bar at the top of the launcher.

Similar to the Apps section, the new Documents section shows recent Office documents you've worked on. Clicking "Show More" will take users to to see all of their recent documents.

Microsoft says this overhauled experience is now available as part of the early First Release program. It will roll out from there to all users in the coming months.

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  • right... because we wouldn't want people to be forced to look at tiles!!?? (you know... the way Win 8.1 did... with all that live information and stuff... just terrible. ?)
  • Microsoft is the developper with the least stable design. This is becoming frustrating and boring. Everything changes every 6 months.
  • I hate the fact that it's back to an all glaring white UI... 😳
  • it's not...
  • As much as I love Live Tiles, I think it's time for MS to drop it altogether. The market has spoken. 
  • Agreed Polaromanas.  If they can't get rid of them at least make tiles OPTIONAL, especially on Windows tablets.  I hate that I cannot even purchase a Windows tablet because I simply don't think the tiles belong there. This is the only platform doing this and as long as MS insists on tiles, I won't purchase one. I find I don't need to see a mess of dissimilar notifications on tiles. If I need a notification, there is a place for them.  I don't mind tiles so much on the desktop or laptop but on a tablet it simply doesn't work. Maybe this change with Office365 is the beginning of Microsoft making this a reality.
  • The Tiles are just beautiful. They give you the information you need without "pushing" you to much like the notifcations do. And you can resize them from "small because it only need it every 3 month" to "large to see whats going on". Maybe the design could be improved a bit, but usabilty is unbeaten.
  • Exactly. The look from the screenshot demonstrates a simple, yet effective design. Though, it may require a bit of a background change because staring at white all the time is going to ruin some eyeballs.