Microsoft is redesigning its Office applications for Android and iOS devices, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneDrive. It will make it compatible with the Fluent Design design language introduce in Windows 10 in 2017 Match. Future new versions of Yammer, Team and Planner will also adopt the design.
Microsoft introduce new Office icons earlier this year and announce redesign applications that have improved the icons, ease of use, and overall appearance, greatly improving the user experience. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint have been integrated into the upcoming Office mobile applications. Microsoft has recently redesign Outlook on iOS. OneDrive will also receive new Fluent design elements separately, including new icons and other improvements.
The new Fluent look is design to increase mobile user productivity. According to a media post from Microsoft Office Design Leader Jon Friedman. Almost all users tend to use their phones frequently through fragmented time. To improve productivity, Microsoft conducted research in mobile-first markets such as India and China to understand how to maximize productivity in these fragmented times.
In addition to Office applications, Microsoft has also formed a team of more than 40 designers to bring the developed mobile UI toolkit to all employees of Microsoft. It will also share its toolkit with all external developers and application designers. The applications they develop also introduce fluid design.