Microsoft Plans to Bring Office’s New Iconography Style to Windows 10

Posted on November 30, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Office 365, Windows, Windows 10 with 33 Comments

Microsoft introduced some gorgeous new Office icons yesterday. The company announced the new Office iconography as part of the company’s major overhaul of Office as a platform. And although Microsoft didn’t mention anything about bringing the same iconography style to its other products like Windows 10, the video for the new Office icon design featured shots of Windows 10 with these new logos.

The video showed off apps like Photos, Mail, Calculator, Calendar, File Explorer, and Microsoft News with the new iconography style on the Start Menu, and they actually look really good. And that, of course, led to people speculating if Windows 10 will eventually get this new style of icons. The shots on the Office video are likely just concepts, but it now seems like Microsoft actually wants to bring the new iconography to Windows 10.

“It is a huge undertaking to build a common system and design 10 icons at the same time. Now that we have established the system we will start to scale it across all of Microsoft,” Jon Friedman, the head of Office design at Microsoft, said in a response to a question about the Office icons. In another response, Friedman said the Office icons are just a beginning of a “cross-company effort to update all icons in the same style.”

And if Microsoft is to eventually bring the same style to other products, Windows 10 is likely going to be one of the first products to get the new design. After all, these new icons are inspired by Windows 10’s Fluent Design system, and so it makes a lot of sense to bring the same iconography to Windows 10. But of course, we are yet to know Microsoft’s plans for the new iconography here — it’s possible we could see some of the stock Windows 10 apps getting the new iconography in 2019 with Windows 10 19H1, or it could take even longer.

Thanks for the tip, Luke!

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