Office – Check out our new look

Hey Microsoft QA, you might want to check out your new look:

animated GIF of Office's horrible new 'Check out our new look' popup

It looks less “modern, coherent and familiar”, and more “Unreadable” and “lost the Title Bar”.

This has popped up on many systems recently, so Consider it Checked out and extremely Not now.

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Update 2022-02-25 It just popped up again where it was previously dismissed
(did they realize it was garbled and wanted another chance to persuade?)

Comparing key frames…

Before
After

Their fixed comparison seems to offer :

  • LOSS of support for Windows’ Title Bar accent colors
  • LOSS of the Quick Access Toolbar from the Title Bar
    …and of those, add just “Undo” back to the Ribbon (Customize the Ribbon could already do this)
  • LOSS of usable vertical space to 15% increased Ribbon sprawl
  • LOSS of usable horizontal space, reducing Style choices from 4 to 3.

So “modern, coherent and familiar” means: form over function!, set the designers loose!, dumb it down!
…aka a typical “Fresh New Look”.


Now, you can do stuff without clicking buttons, ’cause they’re annoying!

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