Microsoft started to deploy the new design of its Office suite on Windows to the general public, the company announced today. Microsoft initially announced this new design for Office apps over the summer, and it’s supposed to align with Windows 11, which launched just two months ago.
The new design features a more streamlined look with a clearer emphasis on the accent color of each application. Instead, the window frame as well as the rest of the app will follow the system’s dark or light theme by default, although you can change that. The ribbon is also a little different and now looks more like a floating panel sticking out of the window. It also uses rounded corners, in the typical Windows 11 style.
Microsoft says it’s also working on adding support for the Windows 11 signature Mica transparency effect. If you don’t know it, this is the effect you see in the Windows Start menu. 11, the Settings app and other parts of the operating system. that use transparency.
Although the new Office design is inspired by Windows 11, Windows 10 users also have access to it, although the Mica effect is not available to them. Additionally, Windows 11 users seemingly get priority for this design. If you’re running the new operating system and have a Microsoft 365 subscription in the current channel or a Microsoft Office 2021 perpetual license, you can access the update now by using the Coming toggle in the title bar of Office applications. If you’re still using Windows 10, only certain users can currently do so and the update will continue to roll out over time. Microsoft says the update is currently available to 50% of users running the latest version of Office.
If you are trying to enable this feature, there are a few things worth noting. The Coming Soon toggle is only available in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook, but Outlook doesn’t allow you to activate the new look. You’ll need to enable it in the other four apps, but once you do, it’ll be applied to all of your Office apps, including Access, Outlook, Project, Publisher, and Visio.