Leak: Office 2013 icons revealed

As we get closer to the releases of new products, naturally we expect some things to leak out. Today's leak is that of the new Office 2013 application icons, courtesy of LiveSide, which reveal a Windows 8 logo inspired theme is making the rounds at Redmond. Below we have icons for both OneNote and Excel that show off the new look for Office.

You'll notice here that Microsoft has kept the same color highlights of Office 2010 in these new icons, although there is a definite Metro-style tile aspect here with a similar perspective as we saw with the new Windows logo. Each of the tiles here has a letter that obviously corresponds to the application at hand, and behind this is half an icon that visualizes what the application is all about.

LiveSide also confirms that the mysteriously replaced taskbar icon shown a couple of months ago on the Building Windows 8 blog is indeed that of Microsoft Outlook 2013. You can see the same style icon with an O on the tile and an envelope in the background.

We should be seeing more of Office 2013 when a public beta (Office 2013 Preview) is released to everyone soon; rumor has it this could be as soon as next week.

Source: LiveSide

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Microsoft really doesn't want a lot of people to upgrade to Windows 8 and Office 2013 I'm guessing. If there ever was an opening for Apple to take away major market share from Microsoft in both OS and Productivity Suites, this is it. My guess is that in a year Microsoft will have to give up on the phone and tablet markets, and will be losing major market share to Apple on the laptop and desktop markets as well. Ballmer really isn't fit for the job of CEO.

Keeping with the minimalist style. Looks good. The old icons in Win8 really clash. Nicely done. I suspect File Explorer to be updated soon.

Oh nos! These new icons will drastically affect my ability to create and write spreadsheets and documents.

I like them but personally I think they are either early concepts/mockups or fake.
Microsoft has been removing the word "Microsoft" from all their product names or putting them in tiny text... the fact that the text is bigger than the product name itself it sketchy.

I do like how all of Microsoft's new icons so far have a consistent perspective look to them.

I like the Excel icon. I like the OneNote icon.
If that Outlook icon is supposed to be an Envelope, then that's the worst representation of an Envelope I've ever seen.

Terracotta said,
Is Microsoft trying to make their products fail? I hope these are just fake or beta mock-ups.

Because we all know everyone purchases software based on its icon...

rev23dev said,

Because we all know everyone purchases software based on its icon...

...based on its look, feel and ability to use.

AR556 said,
Looks like the best 1995 has to offer.

Last I checked, 1995 didn't come with high-res 24-bit color and something clearly resembling the product of vector art...

I like them. They are great because they are more representative of the purpose of individual applications. In my opinion the outlook icon could use some tuning, because I didn't get the envelope until I was made aware that the shape on the right is an envelope (maybe in part because of the blurred picture).

Rohdekill said,
Who cares. As long as the software does what I need it to and does it faster with less fuss.

Because some people love to complain. I don't know, I'm with you on this.

Out of the three shown here I like the Outlook and the OneNote ones. The Excel icon is... I don't know how to describe it, but it ain't good.

They look pretty nice. Nice to know that the leaked icon on the B8 blog was Outlook as many predicted. But these icons look pretty nice and look like they'll fit on the start screen now that they've added full size icons for legacy apps.

insanelyapple said,
Metro icons are flat and Office icons have isometric perspective... Once again, congrats on consistency MS.

And they fit in so nicely with the Windows Vista/7 icons used by the desktop too.

insanelyapple said,
Metro icons are flat

The Marketplace icon on my Windows Phone begs to differ.

The icons look perfectly consistent with Metro iconography to me. They may include perspective but they don't include ugly gradients from the '90s.

insanelyapple said,
Metro icons are flat and Office icons have isometric perspective... Once again, congrats on consistency MS.

Just look at the Store icon on Windows 8...

Ugly as hell, they look like some icons made by an amateur designer, they could be way much better, and as everyone else noticed, the X from the Excel icon doens't follow the perspective line, such a shame.

rev23dev said,
I like them. And I stare at the Outlook icon all day long.

I thought I was the only one who is paid to just stare at an icon all day!

Meh, I prefer the Office 2010 icons. I wish they didn't change the color of the outlook icon to blue though, most people identify outlook with a yellow icon.

Omen1393 said,
Meh, I prefer the Office 2010 icons. I wish they didn't change the color of the outlook icon to blue though, most people identify outlook with a yellow icon.

Yes, I'm also used to a yellow icon for Outlook but it makes sense to avoid yellow in Metro-style icons because the white and yellow are too hard to distinguish between.

Omen1393 said,
Meh, I prefer the Office 2010 icons. I wish they didn't change the color of the outlook icon to blue though, most people identify outlook with a yellow icon.

You're not the only person who thinks that trust me.

Omen1393 said,
Meh, I prefer the Office 2010 icons. I wish they didn't change the color of the outlook icon to blue though, most people identify outlook with a yellow icon.

i figure all they needed to Metro-fy the MS Office icons is flatten the details and invert the colours.
K.I.S.S.

Mike Brown said,
Looks good to me. It could be MUCH worse (Adobe, anyone?)

I actually quite like their icons, also notice their Bridge CS5 & 6 software matching metro a bit (except for the gradients in CS6)

xpclient said,
Does it look like a partially open door to anyone else?

imo, they kinda look like opening a folder with letters or spreadsheets in it, or even a journal with tabbed pages.

XerXis said,

no it wouldn't, metro doesn't use gradients and dropshadows.

Screw metro, this looks better

.Neo said,
The Excel "X" isn't following the correct perspective. Amateurs.

The icons are supposed to have as little angling as possible.

FalseAgent said,

The icons are supposed to have as little angling as possible.

A) The X is on an angled background and as such should be in the same perspective
B) The "O" and "N" on the other icons are in fact correctly angled

Where does that leave your story?

Just noticed, but it's odd that the N on the OneNote logo is in perspective with the tile, but the X on the Excel logo is not

Scorpus said,
Just noticed, but it's odd that the N on the OneNote logo is in perspective with the tile, but the X on the Excel logo is not

Nicely observed....questions its credibility then!

Mohitster said,

Nicely observed....questions its credibility then!

Remember, the Windows logo on the new Windows Store icon isn't in perspective properly, either.

x9_ said,

Remember, the Windows logo on the new Windows Store icon isn't in perspective properly, either.

Technically, not, but really: it is.

truth be told that is said about office icons on every release, but after a few weeks of seeing them no one really cares