Office Web Apps getting a redesign, Office gets a new logo

While Microsoft's upcoming Office 15 has been getting the majority of news regarding the company's application suite, it's also working on an overhaul of its Office Web Apps. This overhaul will include a new design similar to its Office 15 interface, as well as a new logo for Microsoft's Office software and services as a whole.

Earlier today LiveSide received leaked screenshots that display the new interface of the service. According to the screenshots, users will soon be able to opt-in to the new Office Web Apps preview, which will feature the service's new design. Additionally, the service will include a few new features the site states, including the ability to view comments in reading mode; options to increase or decrease font size, justify paragraphs and adjust paragraph spacing in editing mode; and a new page layout menu in the editing mode's ribbon. An example showing the aforementioned changes can be seen below.

The images LiveSide obtained are from "an unfinished pre-beta product" according to the site, meaning additional changes will likely be seen in the final version of the Office Web Apps overhaul. The site is unsure of the release schedule for the new service, but notes Office 15's beta is expected to launch sometime this month.

A new logo for the upcoming versions of Office and Office Web Apps was also revealed by LiveSide. The logo is similar to Microsoft's recent Metro-inspired Windows 8 logo design in that it features a single color and single bold shape. It's unclear who designed the new Office logo; Microsoft's windows 8 logo was designed by the Pentagram design agency.

Source: LiveSide | Images via LiveSide

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jasonon said,
how long till they update the online web app? it's actually lagging behind g docs quite a bit at this point

Did you even read the article?

Everyones fixated on the new Logo it seems but what about the fact they're not only changing the UI but adding more features to the web apps as well it seems. One would think that'd be more important in the end.

GP007 said,
Everyones fixated on the new Logo it seems but what about the fact they're not only changing the UI but adding more features to the web apps as well it seems. One would think that'd be more important in the end.

People care about useless stuff

Rather than screwing around and wasting a lot of valuable time and resources on redoing logos and captions, MS should be focusing its efforts on either repairing Windows-8 to make it suitable for laptops and desktops, or failing that, be working on Windows-9 for laptops and desktops.

and I thought the worse MSFT logo was windows....then I saw the visual studio metro logo...and now I see the office logo. are they competing for the worse logo?

neonspark said,
and I thought the worse MSFT logo was windows....then I saw the visual studio metro logo...and now I see the office logo. are they competing for the worse logo?

Didn't know they'd done a new VS logo - hmmm real design limitations for multiple logos in the metro style - the previous one was much nicer! Wonder how they'd redo the Silverlight one lol

neonspark said,
and I thought the worse MSFT logo was windows....then I saw the visual studio metro logo...and now I see the office logo. are they competing for the worse logo?
I personally really like the new Metro direction they're going with their logos.

Nice, but I'm not one to use 'Web Apps' for creating documents. Don't really like the fact that if your internet connection is down, you're screwed if you didn't make a backup offline or don't have appropriate office software.

LibreOffice + Dropbox (For collaboration) FTW.

BBgamer said,
Nice, but I'm not one to use 'Web Apps' for creating documents. Don't really like the fact that if your internet connection is down, you're screwed if you didn't make a backup offline or don't have appropriate office software.

LibreOffice + Dropbox (For collaboration) FTW.


Then you're doing it wrong... when I create a document on Office WebApps, it automatically gets synced down to my desktop, laptop, and tablet. I can also access the documents on my phone if I need to (I seldom do any document editing on my phone though).

I'm not concerned with not having access to the internet once the document gets synced to another device, and almost all of my devices have internet access all day long.

gawicks said,
The new Windows logo is a Window . So that makes the new Office logo an Office? Well it looks like a box

It looks like a capital O to me.

im liking the unified approach to there main projects and i quite like the look .

Win 8 however there colours are tooo painful on the eyes.

A340600 said,
Sorry but that new "Office" logo says anything about "Office", but then again, what does -- the current logo?

It's a cubicle.

Travelar said,
Mmmm..... ALL CAPS in the menu. How annoying.

Another fail for MS.

So All caps for menu = fail ? What logic is this?

As long as it does not interfere with productivity most people are okay with the changes

Travelar said,
Mmmm..... ALL CAPS in the menu. How annoying.

Another fail for MS.

I actually like the all caps? You're pretty dumb to say that's a fail... there's no logic in that. Many UIs (especially in Microsoft's own products) have small caps in their menus.

All caps is generally less legible than normal case - it's more difficult to recognise words. As long as it's kept to well-known, short and easily used areas - not a big problem.

Travelar said,
Mmmm..... ALL CAPS in the menu. How annoying.

Another fail for MS.

I'd like to fail to the tune of billions of dollars like office will fail. but yeah, all caps is a major don't.

Kirkburn said,
All caps is generally less legible than normal case - it's more difficult to recognise words. As long as it's kept to well-known, short and easily used areas - not a big problem.

Lol go buy yourself a good set of eyeballs maybe that will help...

maybe they'll call it box office.. P and WATS with the capital Menu Bars????even in vs..also y is everything becoming so white..???we don't need LCD to use it..just plain old black and white CRT would be enough..!!

essuraj said,
maybe they'll call it box office.. P and WATS with the capital Menu Bars????even in vs..also y is everything becoming so white..???we don't need LCD to use it..just plain old black and white CRT would be enough..!!

they're using typography to create hierarchy in the UI.

it's white because they're flattening the UI, removing unnecessary effects and stuff.

FalseAgent said,

they're using typography to create hierarchy in the UI.

it's white because they're flattening the UI, removing unnecessary effects and stuff.

On the other hand, these effects can also be vital in creating a hierarchy. Some third party needs to do a proper research project on the usability and efficiency of these designs one day soon

Possession said,
Not the biggest fan of the logo, it just looks like 1/4 of the old logo and recoloured orange.

I hadn't thought of that and now I can't shake it off my head.