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Microsoft Office Undergoes Makeover for Simplified User Experience

Microsoft has announced makeover of Microsoft Office with the launch of new features. Based on some researches done by the company, it realized the need to make Office more customer centric with simplified user experience. The changes have been made to balance power and simplicity with added features focusing on customer, context and control.

These updates are exclusive to Office.com and Office 365. The updates include:

Simplified ribbon: A new, updated version of the ribbon is designed to help users focus on their work and collaborate naturally with others.

New icons and color: These changes are designed to both modernize Office design and make it more inclusive and accessible.

Search: Search will become a much more important element of the user experience, providing access to commands, content and people. With “zero query search” simply placing your cursor in the search box will bring up recommendations powered by AI and the Microsoft Graph.

The company is including an in-product survey to ascertain customer feedback and respond to it quickly. “The good news is that as we better understand these correlations between the design of features and how people feel while using them, we can develop technologies that are more empathetic,” Trish Miner, principal design researcher, Microsoft.

Commercial users can already see this experience in action in Office.com, SharePoint Online, and the Outlook mobile app, and it will start rolling out to commercial users of Outlook on the web in August.

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