Check out the new Microsoft Office icons, which just got their first redesign in 5 years

  • Microsoft Office is getting a new set of icons, the company announced on its Medium blog.
  • All your favourite tools – Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Skype – are getting fresh icon designs for the first time since 2013. You can check them out below.
  • The redesign reflects Office’s move toward a cloud-based suite of tools that are accessible from a multitude of devices and platforms.

For students and desk workers all over the world, the Microsoft Office app icons are, ahem, iconic.

But now, every single one of those icons is getting a refresh across all platforms “in the coming months,” Microsoft said in a blog post – their first new look in five years.

All of those well-known logos will be getting upgrades, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and even Skype. The colour palettes for each one of the icons will, fortunately, remain the same, with some slightly updated hues that are brighter and more modern-looking.

Without further ado, here’s the new lineup, as compared with the 2013-era icons:

Microsoft iconsMicrosoftTop row, left to right: Microsoft Outlook, OneDrive, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Bottom row, left to right: OneNote, SharePoint, Teams, Yammer, and Skype.
Microsoft office new iconsMicrosoft DesignIt’s out with the old, and in with the new for Microsoft Office.

The idea, Microsoft said, is to reflect the change that Office is now less of a software suite, and more of a set of cloud-based services you use from a variety of devices.

“Our design solution was to decouple the letter and the symbol in the icons, essentially creating two panels (one for the letter and one for the symbol) that we can pair or separate,” Jon Friedman, Microsoft Office’s design head, said in the blog post.

Microsoft office word evolutionMicrosoft DesignHow the icon for Microsoft Word has changed over time since 2003.

Microsoft Office has come a long way since its first software bundle was released in 1990, featuring just three apps: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. This is the longest Microsoft has gone without updating its Office icons since 2003.

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