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.
[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.
I too hate the old ribbon and am disappointed we aren't able to have the classic view as an option. I hate the new 365 Office toolbars and actually find them very limiting. Unfortunately we don't have a choice at work and I'm unable to roll back to the old version as some suggested. I thought the idea was to make things easier not harder to work with
I hate this new ribbon. It looks totally juvenile looking and blaa like a kid came up with them. There is no character or style to them at all. I am sure MS was trying something new, but come-on, at least be robust enough to give us the option to revert back.
I hate the new ribbon. It reminds me again why I never shut down my computer that Microsoft can't do stupid design updates. The office package isn't something I like to use but have to for work.
MS Office is very often the only option to use on work PCs but paying so much for the subscription and then getting a design who is the opposite of intuitive use.
Give us the option to change back the old design or to make it at least smaller.
I use a 15-inch laptop or a smaller one and office with his large ribbon is stealing a lot of my surface.
Lo Robinson commented
Classic view please
The ribbon is cartoon-ish and looks as if it were designed by a beginner. The ribbon is to large and options are harder to find. I agree that users should have options. You make these changes, impact peoples productivity and then say, oh well you'll adapted and get over it. Remember that sometimes getting over it means you lose a customer.
Unhappy user commented
Yes agree, old ribbon was much more practical and easier to work with. This may look more trendy but it defeats the point of usability. At least give your users the option of using the classic interface instead of just forcing everyone to use the new one.
Svein Inge Idsø commented
Ugly icons, difficult to find the correct ones since they look the same ish. I think its been designed by a 3 year old? Not possible to have nice looking icons, which are scalable for the different resolutions? They take up too much space as well. Please fix this asap. We do pay for these products, and this is not good enough.
Totally unusable and hard to distinct different icons.
It is not a question of convenience or ugliness. It is a question of usability. The usability of the icons is very low as they all look the same. There is no distinctiveness. There is no contrast. This is even more ******** as MS has a massive usability lab that... it does not use!!!