Offer Options for the Office 365 Ribbon Appearance
I am disappointed with the appearance of the new Office 365 ribbon. I use a desktop and a laptop and find the monotone look and the over simplistic icons confusing and hard to read. These look like changes, just for the sake of change.
Options to revert to earlier versions that users were familiar with, would have been appreciated.
Chris Eaton commented
I too am an IT Manager. I am trying to move my users across from older versions of Office to Office 365. My users HATE the new toolbar icons and are directing all their anger at me. They see this as MY FAULT, because i am "upgrading" their Office installation.
Now they are showing the users that have yet to be upgraded how the new toolbar looks, with the result that none of my remaining users wish to be upgraded.
You are NOT making my job any easier. If modern life is about choice, then there should be an option to CHOOSE whether you want the new Tool Ribbon icons or the old ones.
Tell me how i can support you (Microsoft), when you are making MY life so hard and making me the centre of a very personal hate campaign within my work environment.
Open Office is looking very attractive right now.
FIX IT. NOW!
I am an IT Guy and I very much appreciate that I get all the hate for the crapy 2019 Office 365 "update". My users are holding torches and ready to burn! I personally hate it myself. This might be as bad a Office 2007. Let's give folks an option to flip back to the 2016 Interface if they want. Also, Search is very confusing in the new version. And performance is dreadful. Folks with larger inboxes and lots of folders are nearly dead. They get the spinning thing and lots of "White screens of death".
Oh... and some of us actually still use words. Please don't remove Menus with words. I have no idea what your Icons Mean, but I understand words and menus, as do most folks, even Emoji Texting Millennials. And if they don't, this would be good to help them learn our language.
Toddler Icons was a great comment I saw. The look is annoying and unprofessional. A large portion of your users are using this in a professional environment. A "classic" view option would have been appreciated by long time users.
I have worked in the software industry for almost 40 years. The one thing that upsets customers the most is when the UX is "simplified" by replacing the previous version with something with less functionality and useless enhancements. Gee, now I can add emojis. Wow. Office is a productivity suite and the last thing I want is a UI that is tailored for a cell phone to be applied on the computer where I actually know how to touch-type, use a mouse, and be very productive using the depth of the tool. For me it is all about productivity. At least give us a way to go back to the full functionality of Ribbon menus. Enough said.
I am not a fan of the new look as well. Please bring back the classic view as a possible
I hate the new format which is why I stayed on the classic. Now I am being forced to use something that is 10 times more complicated to use from the colors to the folders to the look, I hate it. I would love the option of going back.
I to am Completely disappointed in the appearance of the ribbon and the lack of a way to customize back to previous more distinguishable icons.
Darren Hogg commented
Please please fix this, the new style is really not working for me!
Samuel Fortin commented
I think providing a means to keep the classic ribbon design would be appreciated by users of Office. The updated ribbon is not pleasing to use. So make it configurable.
[Deleted User] commented
Who's in charge of making these hairbrained decisions at Microsoft? Always trying to change things instead of sticking with what works. The new ribbon is terrible! Microsoft is getting away from the basic "windows" concept that made them into the behemoth they are today...........which allows users to interface with colorful icons instead of dropdown text menus of the past IBM era.
I am not a fan of the new look as well. Please bring back the classic view as a possible option for those of us who wish to go back to it.
I also concur. The new icons are a step backwards - sure they're scalable, but on many installs (mine included) they're not being scaled. An option to revert back to adult-style icons or even scalable versions of the old icons would be appreciated. Change should always be for the better. Scalable is better, but replacing meaningful and easy to understand icons with a graphical design best described as suitable for kindergarten is an insult. Your users are not children; please stop treating them as such.
Tim S commented
I wonder if Microsoft even takes notice of any of these comments. There are literally millions of MS-Office users. Unfortunately there are so few of us that have the awareness, are not apathetic and willing to provide Microsoft with meaningful feedback for designing and implementing a dynamic, useful user interface. Hoping for change for the better, but not expecting change for the better.
Don Trinite commented
I agree, the "new" look doesn't appeal to a number of us. We would like the ability to switch back to the older style of ribbon.
Dave Guttman commented
I find the current version foisted on the users make the display look a 1995 version. If you're going to change the default, at least give the option to use the old ribbons
Loren Pearson commented
Welcome to another week of learning new icons, in contrast challenged colours, and overly similar imagery. There was obviously no consideration of the older workforce when they implemented these changes. No consideration either for work flow and efficiencies that have been developed in some of us since before MS was a thing, let alone an office suite. Remember when we could design our own icons, and make them meaningful for our own macros? I miss that.
Rocco Marras commented
Very hard to read! Please make an option to switch to a classic look or make the icons have width, depth, and contrasting colors.
James Barber commented
Staggered that Microsoft should issue interface changes ignoring the needs of: 1. people with dementia, 2, people who do not want any loss of productivity while they needlessly learn a new interface, 3. feel they've bought a product that has been swapped for an inferior one.
The update forced on us does look like a child developed it. As the others stated it makes it hard to work within the Office products. The ribbon is no longer efficient and takes too long to find the features needed. Please consider your consumer before making this kind of drastic change especially without the option to change it back or keep the features already setup for the user. Office has made my day a whole lot harder than it needed to be.
George Schlotthauer commented
These are ugly. Give us a choice.