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.
This is Office 2007 all over again. Old Ribbon was far better. The Reply buttons are all just outside of the users FOV. Forcing you to turn your head to see them. I'm not trying to strain my neck anymore then I have to. You want a new look thats fine, but don't take away a working ribbon and replace it with a badly designed one.
People need hours of training when you pull huge design changes like this.A heads up would have been nice. Now to roll back to 2016, a far easier to use ribbon. Thanks for wasting hours of my day with this bad update
Terrible experience with the new ribbon. It is slower and harder to see. You are making users' lives much more difficult. All my employees are unhappy with these forced changes. Please revert back and stop pushing changes without getting enough feedback from users.
Can you make the unread mail vertical blue bar a little wider, similar to Outlook 2016, so it's easier to click on it to toggle emails between read and unread?
I have been using Outlook 365 for 6 months now and I am still not happy with it. I find it very difficult to manage my emails because of the look. Please make it so that we can use the old format if we so choose to.
Seriously. This is ridiculous. I'm working with WordPad because of this. Absolutely terrrrrrrible change.
I do not like the way Office 365 have increased the number of clicks required for simple tasks.
I also feel that the option for using the old style interface should be available for people that prefer it.
Thank you for listening!
Jack Hawkins commented
There should always be an option to use the classic office theme or allow third parties to create legacy themes. With the update in April 2019, ribbon icons have become worse visually for all 4 available themes, Black, White, "Colorful" (which is nowhere near colorful), and Dark Gray.
So please add functionality to revert to classic ribbon icons.
George Schlotthauer commented
The new ribbon look like a giant leap backwards to windows 3.0.
Gary Lowe commented
The complaints I'm already receiving about how hard it is to see, with the much smaller letters. For those without great eyesight, Word and Outlook appear the same.
Please allow an option to bring back the prior icons.
Change for the sake of change is not good and unfortunately there is a long track record of it at MS.
Stu McLeod commented
I can hardly tell what the new Outlook icon is now on the task bar - why mess whith what wasn't broke. Im really getting more than annoyed ( I say that to save swearing on the net ! ) - there is really bad designers employed at MS now , and its undermining the principle of keeping things clean and simple . Outlook symbol now is blur patchwork quilt icon that you need a microscope to view the imaginable envelope. If there is a way to go back to old I would in a heartbeat. Fix my useless 4 second delay on the ADD NEW on the right click desktop …. a bug that was NEVER in previous builds of MS instead of wasting money and time on redesigning a perfectly round wheel.
Backwards compatibility is a lost art. People DO NOT LIKE FORCED CHANGE. Youngling (young Programmers) won't know this, I wonder how this effected the Visually Impaired.
A svg version of the old layouts, icons and colors should not be a problem. Make it Right!
You would think this would be default by now. Users are like ants when working in this work related monotonous programs. An "OLD" Look eases transitions.
I'm interested to know if this actually went through UAT and who honestly felt these look better than the previous icons? I appreciate this was done for scaling but some of us don't need to scale and would prefer to stick with the visually mature design. It's just like the office colour schemes again but at least that retains the legacy design.
I agree. The new appearance of the tool bar is extremely gray and boring.
Why do you keep changing the blasted user interface?
People learn where stuff is, then you change it for the sake - apparently - of nothing more than appearances!
There is of course the usual waffle about "improving productivity" and "listening to users" but I doubt that "users" request that MS throw out absolutely everything and rearrange it every couple of years; Equally I doubt that any marginal gains in productivity offset the frustration of searching for where MS have now hidden away this icon or that function.
Please go back to the old icons. These are hard to find even though they're in the same spot. It's almost like they're invisible.
New toddlers' ribbon is probably fine for those who never used Office before (maybe for the ones who never used a computer before). But as we are used to some application/interface/way of doing things, don't you think MS it wolud be better to let people still working the old way? just a config option in the menu that let us customize the ribbons and interface the old fashion.
Sven Dieltjens commented
it takes me up to 10 times longer to find the right icon, even if the place hasn't changed. My efficiency is going down with this update. I agree that these seem toddler icons and I understand the reason why, but I would at least like to have the option to keep using the old layout as I'm only working on a laptop or 24"screens. SAP has a similar issue with hard to 'read' icons in the new ayout but they give at least the options to continue to use the old but better 'readable' icons.
Crystal Johnson commented
I agree with a previous poster. I do not like the icons for toddlers version of the new ribbon. But then again, I find the ribbon so much less useful than the previous menu. It takes six clicks to get to the menus that I need whereas "old" Outlook only took 2. The new "improvements" are making me so much less productive than the old tools. I wish you could give us options to fully customize our menus in a way that works for the user.
I am having a very hard time focusing on my emails with the update.
Irene Marchant commented
Agree, it's dreadful, find it very hard to use. Old system/view was great!