Download: Office 2019 For Mac Preview Released, Here’s How To Get It

Wednesday, 13 Jun, 2018

Microsoft has announced the commercial preview of Office 2019 for Mac.

Microsoft today highlighted some upcoming changes for the Office 365 user interface.

Simplified ribbon-Microsoft is introducing an updated simplified version of the ribbon that is created to help users focus on their work and collaborate easily with others.

Next up, with the new colors and designs, users can expect to see Fluent-Design inspired changes across the Office web apps. New features include the roaming pencil case and ribbon customisations across Office apps. The changes will spill over to select Insiders later this month and into July and August while commercial users can see the new search functions in select products from today. Office 2019, the next perpetually licensed version of the suite, will retain the existing ribbon interface.

For everyone else, Microsoft is moving forward cautiously, especially when it comes to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Windows.

It sounds like these are just the first new features in a larger Office redesign. The new look, Microsoft says, sports a cleaner and simpler look while giving users the ability to customize it with the tools they use most, mimicking the experience of pinning items to your taskbar in Windows. The firm explained that users have muscle memory with the current ribbon, and it doesn't want to disrupt their work flow, so it will be careful in how this is implemented across those apps.

The new icons are meant to render more crisply and cleanly on screens of any size and to look better for those with vision there are more than 10,000 different icons in Office, Friedman noted, and Microsoft wanted to make them more consistent and accessible from the get-go, using color, contrast and other design elements. Essentially, this ensures that icons have smooth lines and render correctly regardless of the display you view them on. Starting in July, it will be available in Outlook for Windows and Outlook for Mac in August. Leveraging the Microsoft graph, the new search experience will immediately bring up search recommendations when you place your cursor in the search box. The update is for and Office 365 users, and will begin rolling out to business customers and consumers in June. Word on Windows will also have to wait as Microsoft collects feedback from a broader set of users.