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[Mini News] Microsoft's new Office Icon pack has major flaws but Microsoft doesn't care

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ArsTechnica reports that Microsoft's recently announced new Office Icon Pack has a major flaw and Microsoft doesn't seem to care.

 

The new Office icon pack includes new icons for almost all Office products except for Access, Visio, and Publisher.

 

That's because at this point Microsoft doesn't care about Access, Visio, and Publisher despite being a paid part of Office.

 

The other major flaw is the color choice of the Outlook icon causing confusion for veteran Office 365 users.

 

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The new icons are meant to somehow reflect these changes. The letters adorning each icon have been reduced in size, with the remainder of the space used to show a highly stylized representation of the application. The colors are a bit brighter, too. Oddly, there are already some inconsistencies in the designs; OneDrive doesn't have a letter at all (it's just a cloud), and Skype uses the old proportions, with a letter that's much bigger than any of the others.

Access and Publisher aren't featured among the new icons, because although Microsoft continues to distribute them, the applications are all functionally abandonware, in pure maintenance mode. Project and Visio are also omitted. Visio sees only occasional new features (the differences between Visio 2016 and 2019 are insubstantial), and Microsoft is in the process of rebuilding Project from the ground up, with a greater focus on the cloud and integration with Office 365. Neither app seems to have been mentioned in the descriptions of the new look-and-feel that Microsoft is working on.

Overall I think they look nice enough, but alas, they fail to remedy the big mistake made back in 2013. The Outlook icon remains stubbornly blue, when all long-time Outlook users know it should be orange-gold. I'm forever losing Outlook among a sea of blue icons—Word, Edge, OneDrive, Teams, Yammer, and Skype—and yearn for a return to the golden glory days. Sadly, Microsoft has ignored my plea.

 

I'm surprised they didn't update the Access and Publisher icons as these programs are still fairly popular among education and other areas.

 

And I hope Microsoft fixes the flaws in these new icons.

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I'd be surprised, but consistency has never been Microsoft's thing.

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TLDR: People cant stand change

 

I love the new icons and of course Skype and Onedrive look different. Look at the icons and what they are designed around, their design follows suite. I see nothing wrong here other than people complaining about change.

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Are you going to make me read the article to find out what the major flaw is? I think you're burying the lead here by not including it in your post.

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1 minute ago, KuJoe said:

Are you going to make me read the article to find out what the major flaw is? I think you're burying the lead here by not including it in your post.

I already mentioned one of the major flaws.

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That's because at this point Microsoft doesn't care about Access, Visio, and Publisher despite being a paid part of Office.

None of those 3 apps have gotten new icons. 

 

and I mentioned another major flaw

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The other major flaw is the color choice of the Outlook icon causing confusion for veteran Office 365 users.

 

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You and I have completely different definitions of the word flaw then, cosmetic decisions aren't considered flaws by most people. :D

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1 minute ago, KuJoe said:

You and I have completely different definitions of the word flaw then, cosmetic decisions aren't considered flaws by most people. :D

I'm just using the Title that ArsTechnica provides xD.

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Can you confirm that Office 2016 keeps the former icons or will I have to do something I haven't done since Windows XP days, changing the icon manually to something else on the taskbar?

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Certain people not liking them is hardly a major flaw. 

 

Access likely wasn't redesigned as it's only incorporated into Office 365 for Business and PC only, as is Publisher (which will no doubt be ditched at some point). Visio Online is a separate service to 365.

 

The extract you quote contradicts your title, as it actually gives some possible reasons for Microsoft excluding certain applications, rather than because they 'don't care' about the 'major flaws' 

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