Microsoft launches a new visual identity and blurs Skype

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In a move to bring its Office suite of products into the age of selfies and remote working, Microsoft has announced a complete redesign for its Office logos to reflect a more modern aesthetic.

Office is evolving into a suite of collaborative tools, infused with powerful AI technology, which allows users to work together in real-time from almost any device. Over one billion people across a vast range of sectors and industries now use Office on a daily basis, and this redesign aims to reflect not only the changing world of work but also the significant product changes the company is introducing.

Today’s workforce spans five generations using Office on multiple platforms and devices and in environments spanning work, home, and on the go. Microsoft’s vision is that this new design will not only make it faster and easier to share ideas and work collaborative but will also resonate across its generations of loyal users – helping connect people through its platform.

The new icons will begin rolling out across platforms in the coming months, starting with mobile and web.
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In a separate development Microsoft have developed blurring for Skype backgrounds:

Read how Mark Hackman of PC World approves.

“We’ve all had those moments,” Microsoft notes in a company blog post today. “You’re about to video call your parents and your laundry is all over the place, or you’re about to have a meeting with a potential investor and your business plan is on a whiteboard behind you, or you’re being interviewed on live television and your adorable child comes marching into the room. There are plenty of life’s moments that can get in the way of you being the focus in every video call — and that’s why we’re introducing background blur in Skype video calls.”