Microsoft today is previewing the future of its office user interface and design, which involves major changes to the traditional ribbon interface. The software giant has been using its Fluent Design system over the past few years to gradually improve Office, add new icons, dark patterns, and overhaul the functional area toolbar to make it smaller and easier to use. microsoft Office the next phase of design, will further focus on simplicity.
Microsoft initially introduced the ribbon interface in office 2007, and now the company is ready to go beyond it. Microsoft has been gradually simplifying ribbons on mobile and Internet, but the new design shared today is a big step beyond ribbon. Microsoft's simplified office interface focuses more on the actual content you're creating.
Other changes include a simple app icon at the top of the app to indicate which office app you're using, and a central search or command bar. Microsoft has been emphasizing this search and command bar interface in office in recent years, and this feature also exists in Microsoft teams. Microsoft will further promote seamless cross server search and bring relevant information directly to users' fingertips. By designing for a variety of cognitive states, the focused experience in the entire Microsoft 365 ecosystem can minimize external interference, reduce self-interference, and start the process.
And it's not clear when these changes will come to Office apps, the web, and elsewhere in microsoft 365.