After the announcement in June, the time has come again: Microsoft has started to deliver the visual update for Office for Windows to many more users. The developers want to bring all Office applications optically up to date. Trying out is easy.
Office apps with more coherent experience
In addition to Windows, Office is the second major pillar for Microsoft, which has also developed into a fluorinated subscription business in the times of Office 365. Now we can announce that the visual update of the Office apps announced in the summer is on its way to the users. However, there are some requirements to be observed here:
Many Current Channel users under Windows 10 with version 2110 and build 14527.20226 or higher as well as Windows 11 users should automatically get the update after restarting any Office app. The delivery in waves can ensure that not everyone has immediate access. Microsoft itself speaks in terms of the availability of currently “50% of the subscription users who use the current channel builds”, also users of Microsoft Office Home & Student 2021, Microsoft Office Home & Business 2021, Microsoft Office Professional 2021, and Microsoft Office Personal 2021 are considered .
Reach via the megaphone symbol
If the update is available, it can be easily managed via the megaphone symbol. After a click, the preview area opens, informing you about the changes. A button here offers the option of switching between the old and the new interface. Last but not least, settings can be made here, which then apply to all Office apps. This is important, among other things, because Access, Project, Publisher, and Visio do not have the megaphone symbol and Outlook does not allow any corresponding settings here either – it is not known why there is no uniform solution here.
In addition to the general visual adjustments that were described in a detailed article at the launch in June, Microsoft itself highlights two adjustments in particular. The office now adapts to the Windows theme by default, but all themes have been updated. Of course, the individual choice of independent themes remains possible, “including dark, light, colored and gray”. In addition, it is emphasized that the automatic hiding of the toolbar for quick access now makes the interface easier. In the Techcommunity article, Microsoft also provides a comprehensive FAQ area and a list of the currently known errors.
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