For a long time, Microsoft has been working on remaking its Office mobile apps for iOS and Android in terms of design and functionality. On Dec 5, the company revealed some details about what they have been doing and shows how the UI will look after remastering the Office app.
The redesigned version of Office includes Outlook, OneDrive, Word, Excel and PowerPoint mobile apps. Designed with Microsoft’s Fluent Design System, the changes are meant to “take mobile productivity to the next level,” Microsoft wrote in a blog post.
The design of the new Office app is amazingly excellent. It now has a more consistent visual design, which includes new app icons, splash screens, cards, typography and more. There is also an option added in the new Office app called Play My Emails that will let users listen to their inbox as if it were a podcast, and Read Aloud will serve a similar function in Word and Office apps.
“We’re excited to build entirely new mobile experiences with Fluid, whose dynamic components foster micro-tasking by updating in real-time and making it easier to collaborate.”
Microsoft says redesigned versions of Teams, Yammer and Planner are on their way, and it is sharing new mobile UI toolkits with third-party app developers, so other apps can embrace similar design elements and productivity focus.
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