Tech: Check out the new Microsoft Office icons, which just got their first redesign in 5 years (MSFT)

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It's out with the old, and in with the new: say hello to the new Microsoft Office icons, their first upgrade since 2013.

  • Microsoft Office is getting a new set of icons, the company announced on its Medium blog.
  • All your favorite tools — Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Skype — are getting fresh icon designs for the first time since 2013, which you can check out below.
  • The redesign is to reflect Office's move toward a cloud-based suite of tools that are used and accessible from a multitude of devices and platforms.

For students and desk workers all over the world, the Microsoft Office app icons are, ahem, iconic.

But now, every single one of those icons is getting a refresh across all platforms "in the coming months," Microsoft said in a blog post — their first new look in five years.

All of those well-known logos will be getting upgrades, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and even Skype. The color palettes for each of the icons will, fortunately, remain the same, with some slightly updated hues that are brighter and more modern-looking.

Without further ado, here's the new lineup, as compared with the 2013-era icons:

The idea, says Microsoft, is to reflect the change that Office is now less of a software suite, and more of a set of cloud-based services you use from a variety of devices.

"Our design solution was to decouple the letter and the symbol in the icons, essentially creating two panels (one for the letter and one for the symbol) that we can pair or separate," Jon Friedman, Microsoft Office's design head, said in the blog post.

Microsoft Office has come a long way since its first software bundle was released in 1990 featuring just three apps: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. This is the longest Microsoft has gone without updating its Office icons since 2003.

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