Microsoft is giving Office 365 a facelift - Software

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Still, even after it's rolled out to everyone, and you're not a fan or want to ease into the new design, you'll have the ability to revert to a classic ribbon with one click.

Microsoft, back in April this year had announced the Office 2019 Commercial Preview for its Windows 10 users.

The popular suite of productivity apps, which includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, is getting a makeover that will make some familiar parts of the interface, including the uppermost "ribbon" of tools, look different.

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The ribbon redesign is meant to provide a more simplified way for you to get things done.

The Ribbon-that collection of icons for frequently needed functions at the top of the program window-drew ire when it first appeared in Microsoft Office, but most users now find it indispensable.

Simplified ribbon The first application in Office suite to receive the Simplified ribbon is Microsoft Word. They'll hit Word on the Web first, followed by Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on the desktop later this month.

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But for those who actually bother to look at the screen as they work, there's good news, especially if you need a bit of extra help. It can now bring up recommendations powered as soon as you place the cursor in the box, based on what its AI and the Microsoft Graph knows about your habits. Microsoft is rolling out new features in waves so it can collect feedback and improve Office slowly, which is definitely a good idea given the reaction to some of the changes it's previously implemented.

Most notably, the company is redesigning the ribbon, the controversial tabbed toolbar implementation that made its debut in 2007, with new Fluent Design features. This so-called "zero query search" functionality will enable users to access contacts, commands and information within Office files with less searching. This further cements the subscription-versus-perpetual license split that the company has already been exploiting over the last few years: Office 365 subscribers get a trickle of new features each month to their desktop applications; perpetually licensed customers don't. Microsoft has been testing the simplified Ribbon with 30 large Office 365 customers and has been flighting changes to users there to see how they would be accepted, Friedman said. "In July, they will go to Outlook for Windows, and in August they will begin rolling out to Outlook for Mac", said Microsoft in the blog post.

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