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.
Great, you made scalable vector icons. You also took away most of the features. Now let us go back to the full feature set. This is strictly worse.
Lars Friis commented
Office 365 with the new look and feel to my opinion lowers the productivity because there are no contrasts- which makes it both confusing and strenous to use.
So please either give us the option to choose classic view or give us at least full color options for each panel and dont use your valuable time to develop more flowers or bubbles for the upper right corner of the toppanel. It does not help
Another unhappy user commented
Just got the update imposed on me by corporation, and the Office 365 Proplus looks absolutely terrible. Especially on Outlook , when creating a new message, all the fields are the same color. What happened to the To, CC, Subject fields being clearly visible? Now I find myself writing the subject in the CC field and so on because it all looks the same!!!!
Outlook 365 is total #$%JT - how do I revert to the older appearance with the ribbon and the use of the full screen for viewing and lose the distracting graphics and awful confused look.
Chris Bender commented
Many people who use Office 365 for work are not working across platforms. There should be an option for those people, and others who want it, to be able to choose a classic office look. I find Outlook, especially, to be frustratingly flat and hard to see.
I spend more time in Outlook than in anything else. We are soon rolling out Office 365 to our users and I'm not looking forward to the sadness and frustration I see coming.
Please bring back full customization for Office toolbars and icons. We are not all at kindergarten, some of us know what we want and spent a great deal of time over the years setting our systems up to achieve what we want. You have effectively taken away the functionality and utility of most of these customization aspects. Those of us with colour issues are facing great difficulty in using Office with its grey base colour. I don't want or need to change colour settings anywhere else, only Office has this stupid 50 shades of grey approach.
Why won't you listen to your proficient users? Why do you keep 'fixing' stuff that is not broken?
I have been using MS Office since the begining I do not like the new look, expecially in Outlook, the applicaiton that I use the most. Why don't we have an option for classic view?
The changes have reduced my productivity. Dumbing down applications continually is a retrograde step. You haven't offered an improvement but just a change to the way we use the application. I use a computer and don't like the so called move to compromise to make applications work better from a phone or tablet. I do not really care about the functionality that might be gained from a tablet or smart phone. You use a computer to create work; a tablet or smart phone is a pretty ordinary tool to create work on..only ok for editing. If you want to make a change for appearance sake then at least offer it as an option and not one forced upon the customer. Next you will try to patronise and tell us that it is a better environment for us to work.
Is anyone actually listening at Microsoft?
Are guys at Microsoft in need of a change ? Why not keep the icons and make the rest work ? For instance, when can we change the space between folders in the left pane to save space and mouse movements ?
Also, is the US-style trashbin a global symbol ? It's been ages since this bin doesn't exist anymore in European countries :-)
My Office 365 got an update today and all of my buttons are now changed, unlabeled, and there is less information in the message preview pane. There was honestly nothing wrong with the graphical layout of Office before this. Why are these changes not optional? Why are there no options to revert back? I think it is incredibly unfortunate that Microsoft continues to force this Xbox UI and streamlining to their products and would be better served leaving things well enough alone or at least allow customization options for those of us who are IT professionals and prefer the ability to have control over our own destinies, interactions, and productivity. Please consider allowing customization options and stop the 'dumbing down' of Microsoft products. There is no shame in being an advanced user, and likewise, no advanced user should be penalized for the sake of pleasing the masses.
Warren Jeanes commented
My main issue isn't with the look of the icons but rather their size.
It seems like everything has had padding added to it which wastes a lot of space, especially in Outlook where each line in a mailbox has suddenly gotten "thicker".
Please allow us to choose small icons (in much the same way as the Windows Taskbar works) or revert change the icon size to the original dimensions.
And no, hiding the ribbon or adjusting screen scaling (which then messes everything else up) are not solutions to a problem you have created so please do not suggest them to us.
What idiot in Micro$ thought it would be a good idea to impair the productivity of a global level app.
The continual little changes are a must problem but when you make major changes to the look and position of button, action and general information. This reduces the speed, increasing the time to do your work. Some of us may adapt reasonably quickly but enough people out there will not.
This all adds up to costs on business. Will Micro$ repay them the lost time of their staff?
Mea Cadwell commented
How can we get the old look, and usefulness back? My productivity has declined since I received Office 365 a few months ago. I've been "getting used to" the new look all this time and it is NOT working! The ribbon looks like it was made for toddlers. It is too large and takes up too much space. Any changes I make do not stick after rebooting the computer.
Is it that hard to make Office better instead of making it worse?!?!?
I fully support the request to get the old icons back. The new icons are not as intuitive to use and the lack of colors makes finding the correct icon more difficult than it should be
Peter Rombouts commented
I fully support the request to get the old icons back. The lack of contrast of the new icons makes it very hard to quickly locate them and gives me headaches - trash can icon is the worst change ever.
When will Microsoft learn they are supposed to make their customers happy, not their developers!
(comments are my personal opinion - but I will raise them through my company's internal IT channels as well)
I really hate the awkward childish redesigned icons and toolbar. It is difficult to use due to the lack of colour and familiarity, such as using a simplistic bin symbol for Delete instead of the familiar red "X" symbol. I hate the changes and wish I had the option to choose to revert back and it not just be decided by Microsoft on my behalf!
Canandaigua BoatHouse commented
I really hate (and I do not use that word lightly) the new view of MS Office icons. Please let me use my old icons!
Elkhan Mammadov commented
All icons are too scattering on the ribbon in Excel 365. On laptop takes a lot of place on the screen.
The icons are horrible and way too small for the ribbon.
Karrie Ewers commented
The new icons are difficult to decipher and quickly pick out when they all look like chalk drawings. I agree with this point made: It is very important not to have to think about these tools.
Color and shape allow recognition without having to concentrate. This is the same reason we don't move the keys on the keyboard it is the equivalent of muscle memory.