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Microsoft gives Office a make over for simplified user experience

Microsoft is making users’ experience simpler and efficient but is still able to meet work’s demands as the it redesigns Microsoft suite of productivity applications.

According to, Microsoft announced a few changes to Office inspired by a new culture of work to provide simplified user experience with the Office apps.

Microsoft has developed three guiding principles which serves as their ‘north star’ to guide them including direct customer feedback, understanding the context you’re working in and controlling the experience.

One of the major changes is the simplified ribbon redesigned from three lines to just a single line with more pops of color for command icons to stand out.

New colors and icons will also be seen across Office apps that are created as scalable graphics for a modernized and accessible experience.

‘Search’ will also be given more importance as a “zero query search” will be triggered once the cursor is placed in the search box.

The changes will be deployed to select customers in the coming months and will be generally available once users have used successfully navigated rigorous rounds of validation and refinement.

Some changes such as the refined ribbon and new colors/icons will first appear in Word’s wed version for

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