In July, Microsoft began rolling out a redesigned home page for Office.com users. The revised user interface introduces vertical panels, related Office 365 applications are pinned to it, and more screen space is available to view recent files and documents. Now this new design is starting to log on to windows-side Office apps.
Based on the previously exposed Microsoft 365 roadmap, the redesigned user interface will be available to all users in September, covering Office applications on the Office.com and Windows side. Considering that the release date is this month, Microsoft may invite some Insider members to experience the test. In addition, the update is said to be enabled by a server-side switch, which means that the change is not related to any specific app update in the Microsoft Store.
The new design brings new elements such as the vertical icon list that launches the application, the ability to create new documents, and the ability to view a list of recent Office and OneDrive files in TheCents view. While enterprise users can also view SharePoint pages and files from their organizations, it is not clear what other features will go to the consumer’s applications and home pages, in addition to the list of recently visited files.