Microsoft’s updated blog post today details the future direction of the Microsoft 365 Productivity Suite. The blog post is rather lengthy and covers a number of topics, including the impact of the global outbreak of the new crown outbreak on the company’s design decisions, and how Microsoft can further optimize the cross-platform experience.
In the blog post, the company previews some design improvements that could be deployed to a variety of productivity applications on the mobile and desktop side in the future. “The future trend for the ecosystem is to strip the app’s functionality from the app itself, giving you the freedom to use it anytime, anywhere,” Jon Friedman, head of design at Microsoft Office, wrote in the article.
One of the changes Microsoft plans to make to the application is to remove brand colors from the app’s title and adapt system settings. The video shows a completely seamless title, and even the close, minimize, and maximize icons are hidden.
The post also talks about single-line toolbars, Fluent Design, and dark mode. While some features, such as dark mode, have been implemented throughout the application suite, the company has yet to bring elements such as single-line toolbars to more applications.
In the blog post, Microsoft also talks about artificial intelligence applications such as Project Cortex, Artificial Intelligence-based Cortana Insights on Outlook, and the ability to handle errors in Excel. Friedman says the company focuses on designing “more authentic and inclusive connections between people,” which includes using “artistic themes and context to explore the sexual user experience.”