Microsoft Office apps have been around on iPhone, iPad, and Android for years, and every now and then they get a major update. Now another change is rolling out to iPhone apps.
Microsoft is implementing an updated contextual command bar and ribbon layout in the iPhone versions of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. The command bar can be accessed from the bottom of the screen or from the top of the keyboard when you are typing. It now looks more like Microsoft’s “Fluent” design, with more rounded corners and a slightly tweaked layout.
As before, the menu has most of the settings you’d find on the ribbon bar in desktop apps: text formatting, search, buttons for inserting objects, review tools, and everything else. The toggle is now a rounded button and some horizontal dividers have been removed. You can also swipe up on the menu to make it larger, a significant usability improvement, especially on iPhones with smaller screens.
Microsoft says the new command bar is available to Office Insiders running Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or the Office app at version 2.67 (Build 22110700) or later. Once all bugs are resolved, it should roll out to everyone.
The change comes as Microsoft prepares to rename the Office mobile app as “Microsoft 365”, complete with a new logo, to reflect how the subscription service of the same name has diversified. With a new name, logo, and now design changes, there’s a lot to be excited about with the Office apps for iPhone.
Source: Office Insider Blog