Allow to revert to the old Ribbon icon set in Outlook 2016
Allow to revert to the old Ribbon icon set in Outlook 2016 especially in Enterprise scenario.
Thank you for your feedback. Office has hundreds of millions of people who rely on it every day to do their best work. Customers have a wide range of hardware, including displays that can’t faithfully reproduce all colors or provide good contrast so what may be clear in one device can be hard to see in another, or even the same device in a room with different lighting conditions.
The last major update to the Office icons was in 2013, and since we’ve heard a lot from customer feedback as well as participated in emerging industry best practices for how to improve the accessibility of iconography. The new icons you see on Office 365 reflect these learnings – our intent is to balance all these diverse visual and hardware needs to provide the best experience to as many customers as possible.
We know big visual changes can be disruptive, and when changing thousands of icons sometimes we won’t get everything right so please let us know if there’s specific icons that you think could be improved (e.g., if a new icon metaphor doesn’t feel familiar, or if the new color choices in a particular icon make it harder to find). You can leave comments here, or submit feedback directly from any of the Office apps (using File > Feedback). Now that the new icons are shared across web, PC, and Mac we can provide a common experience that we hope will become more familiar over time, and with your help we can continue refining the icons and features over time so they work better for you and allow you do to your best work.
Office and Outlook teams
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Stephen Glasgow commented
The new icons are difficult to see for those of us who are visually impaired as they do not present sufficient contrast with the background, and as such may not meet Equal Opportunities legislation requirements in the EU, which would render them illegal. Please allow us to revert to the old set if required.
Bring back the old icons. The new ones look like a children's cartoon
new outlook icons are foolish, cartoonish, and hard to distinquish. Bad idea not to allow us to have the original icons and ribbons that were easy to contrast. i hate when microsoft changes the look and feel ot the software. this looks like a coloring book.
New icons which just appers in my Office applications are soooo ugly. Never saw so bad UI. Bring the style from 90s back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You folks are kidding, right? The new Outlook icon "design" is hideous. When I opened it up this morning, it was like it was welcoming me back to 1998. Hopefully somebody will fix this!
My PC is not a phone. Treat the icons likewise. They are hard to see with thin lines.
The new icons for Outlook are terrible. Please make them with substance and not light outlines with light colors... I can't even tell which icon is which anymore...
Nathan Brown commented
The 1809 icons are ugly in my opinion. How about letting the user choose what style of icons they want to see?
Agree. The new icons are terrible.
Ian Card commented
This update is a disaster for usability. For those of us who actually do "work" this is a nightmare. Please allow us to choose an icon set
The New icons are so terrible that are distracting me from working - they are hard to see, they all look similar and pale. It would have been nice to give us the option if we wanted to change or keep the old icons.
Seriously these new Icons are terrible.
Also Where is the :
"There will also be an option to expand the Ribbon to return the “classic” three-line layout in case you don’t like the change, want to decide for yourself when you are ready to change or when you simply want to dedicate more screen space to the available commands."
Totally agree with all the other comments, the new icons are harder to see and I restarted my computer thinking something had gone wrong, greatly dislike them
Rutherford, Ruth commented
I would love to revert back to the old icon. The new set-up is awkward.
The changes are cartoonish. Someone has a bad idea of what is hip and stylish. Why eliminate the previous icons? Just add the new ones as an option. You could just have a popup that asks, "would you like to change to the new icons?"
The iconography shouldn't be imposed, you could imply a user defined skin option. Not a corporate cartoon decision.
After years of getting used to alle the office changes this feels like you wqnt to get rid of your userbase for good.
technical changes YES, Usability changes in iconography : NO User definded
David Gardiner commented
It's not just that they're ugly, but by taking away the majority of the colour, they're much more difficult to quickly find and click. Even if you don't just allow us to revert to the old ones (which would be preferred), please add some more colour back to them.
Ron Buck commented
The new ribbon is terrible! Hard to read and looks like a child's stick drawing (sorry to the development team that thought this was ok -- but try to get some users' feedback first -- particularly from those that have experience using MS Office products for at least 20 years). PLEASE revert back or give us the option to choose the prior, readable version.
Muriel Foucher commented
Can you please bring back the old pictos, the new ones are really UGLY!
OMG why did you change the icons? Really? Now they are harder to see and besides, people get comfortable with their icons. You might as well changed the color of my dog.