For some time Microsoft has begun a gradual transition to a new visual language, that of "Fluent Design". With the new guidelines in mind, he began to rethink the Office suite experience both on mobile (where it was recently unified into one app) and on desktop. A UI revolution that aims to make the impact of the interface more streamlined, light, minimal, but without losing sight of functionality. Indeed, increasing it, with the information shown on the screen that will be adaptive, that is, relating to the selected element (for example, the formatting information if we highlight a text, while it will be other if we select an image), so as to allow the user not to disperse attention and maintain greater focus.
The change passes through the disappearance of an element that has marked the history of Office, namely the large ribbon that dominated the upper part of the program, all clogged with options. A cornerstone of the old "Ribbon" interface introduced in 2007, which appears to be destined to disappear altogether.
The new ribbon can be moved anywhere, depending on the user's needs and preferences. In general, the goal seems to be to offer a more powerful tool but without crushing the user under the wave of possible options: and therefore also more streamlined and flexible, capable of providing the right information and functions at the right time.
The changes, as we saw yesterday during the Inspire 2020 conference, will not only change the surface, but will be deeper: among these, for example, there will be a search function common to all the app in the package, which will allow you to search within the entire suite. Microsoft has not announced when exactly these changes – which will also affect the mobile front – will be introduced: it will probably be a process divided into several stages over the next few years. And yet it could start soon.