Microsoft's ubiquitous Office suite is getting a few major updates over the upcoming months designed to improve the user interface.
In a post on the Microsoft 365 blog, Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Office and Windows Marketing, described the slew of changes being implemented into both the Office applications for Windows, Mac, and on the web. These updates are slated to be rolled out "gradually over the next few months."
The first updates scheduled to be released include a redesign of the "ribbon" on the top of Microsoft Office Suite applications. This redesign aims to make it easier for users to collaborate. The classic ribbon will still be available for all users as well. Also included in the initial updates are renovations to the colors and icons used for Office. These new colors and icons will all use scalable vector graphics which will allow for no image degradation in the Office UI regardless of how high resolution the display a user might have.
Other updates include a "zero query search" system that populates search results for users that place their mouse cursors over the search bar. These results are provided by artificial intelligence and the Microsoft Graph API.
Microsoft also uploaded a video on its official Office suite YouTube channel that goes through the updates.