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.