Exclusive: New Office 2013 icons show cosmetic updates [Update]

An anonymous tipster has contacted Neowin with a few of the icons that have been updated for Office 2013.

New, Lync, Outlook and PowerPoint 2013 icons

The current ones included in the beta version.

Above we compare the new with the old variants, which could have been updated due to customer feedback, the designs look clearer and more appealing to the eye.

The screenshot definitely comes from Microsoft, but how cannot be disclosed at this point. In any case, you saw it here first and time will show this confirmation of things to come.

Update: Another tipster has sent in the following two images that show more icons, and some details on the latest version of Office 2013.

On the Start screen, more icons, in more detail.

The version of Office that was shown off.

Microsoft hasn't announced when Office 2013 will be available to the public, although they have mentioned it will be available in 277 markets in over 70 currencies. Rather than going the traditional boxed copy route, Microsoft will be offering a Product Key Card where you will need to download Office to use.

If you haven't tried Office 2013 yet, details on how you can grab it here.

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would be awesome if all those Metro-style icons in Office made their way to File Explorer in Windows 8... the relevant ones, at least.

Awesome much better. I do agree Outlook should be another colour than Word, but I guess they did that because yellow wouldn't look good on Outlook.com. Still happy though

devHead said,
I still miss the yellow Outlook icon. Why change to a different shade of blue from Word?

Agreed - MS went overboard with all the blue. Word and Visio is enough.

MtnDewCodeRedFreak said,

Agreed - MS went overboard with all the blue. Word and Visio is enough.

Lets not forget Lync is blue too

They don't look any better than they did before. It looks like the person who designs them simply did some pixel cropping of the color parts surrounding the unique iconography of that particular program. Notice, you still see some orange around the slide screen, some blue around the mail icon, some blue around Lync link icon.

This is Microsoft's worst icon set for Office in ages.

bviktor said,
Heh. BTW I love how the Outlook tray icon still shows the orange 2010 version in the preview release. Such an oversight.

It's been fixed now....

DrakeN2k said,
I like the old ones , the new VS 2012 icon was like that now its a squire.

Agreed, I am not so sure about these new ones; maybe seen as part of the app itself the effect will be better.

Heh. BTW I love how the Outlook tray icon still shows the orange 2010 version in the preview release. Such an oversight.

Brody McKee said,
I agree entirely, and even in Modern they'll be look better. A box within a box looks strange.

Agreed. They look poorly aligned though. They're way too much near the bottom compared to the top.

.Neo said,

Agreed. They look poorly aligned though. They're way too much near the bottom compared to the top.

These are cropped from the Taskbar, so they will look a little different in reality.

Ahhh, a nice improvement with the transparent background rather than the coloured square, however that does move away from the "metro" look I thought they were aiming for. The clearer letter is also welcome.

Neobond said,
Good point, I'm going to link it.

I like the person's post, but Microsoft had already had the new cutout icons back in July.

For an example, look at the Outlook.com icon in IE or when it is pinned, it is the same 'cutout' design, with the envelope reversed color to the local version.

(I think the Online Word and other Office App icons also use the newer version.)

articuno1au said,
I think one of our members might have inspired this >.>

The design already existed, they just changed what are used... right click your taskbar buttons , look at your titlebar.. the 16x16 icon is without the background