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Microsoft refreshes Office

by on30 June 2021

Also releases ARM version

Software King of the World Microsoft has released a visually "refreshed" version of its Office desktop apps for both Windows 10 and 11.

Microsoft tells us that new Office refresh will "shine" on Windows 11 but still work on Windows 10, which is just as well as we don’t know anyone who will be downloading Windows 11 until 2030.

Vole is releasing its first publicly available test build of 64-bit Office for Windows on ARM today.

The updated Office uses Fluent design across Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, Project, Publisher, and Visio. The updated apps are meant to look similar to the Windows 11 OS, design-wise.

Office is set to match users' Windows themes, including black (Dark Mode), white, colourful, or dark gray. The Quick Access toolbar is hidden by default in the name of simplifying the interface.

The refreshed Office is available to Office Insider testers running Beta Channel builds. Testers can toggle between the new and existing interface to move between the current and newly updated Office apps. Those who don't want it can turn off the "Coming Soon" feature at the top right hand corner of the menu.

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