Microsoft Office is available on nearly every platform currently available. Microsoft Office is dependable, beautiful in design, and has an excellent user interface (UI).
Even with a few minor feature differences, there is no clear difference in the feature list for any platform.
Since the early days of Microsoft Office, there have been numerous feature updates and addition of new applications that have improved the software; however, applications and features are not the only things that have changed and evolved with the most recent updates.
Microsoft Office has been changing the Office productivity suite’s visual appearance as well, not only to make it more visually appealing but also to make it easier to use and better to work with.
When Microsoft Office was first released, it had a minimalist design and was more focused on functionality, much like the operating system that it came with, Windows. Microsoft Office and Windows were both simple to use but more feature-rich.
Microsoft is now winning on both fronts, features, and visual designs, in 2021. Microsoft has made the Office software very efficient by adding many new and important features, as well as making the software look professional and beautiful.
With minimal looks and beautiful designs that match the Microsoft Windows minimal looks, no stone has been left unturned in making the Office look as beautiful as it can be.
The new set of icons to the Applications in the recent major update to Office have given it a more appealing look and makes it look great.
Why does Microsoft Office look different on different platforms?
Microsoft Office appears differently on each platform because the user interface (UI) and design language are tailored to the platform for which the app is designed.
On Android, the design is kept simple, but following the Android design language, with minimal looks and flat icons, it appears simple, clean, and easy to use. As we have seen previously on the application, each app has a different color. Excel, for example, is green, and the word is blue. When you launch the application, you are greeted by a splash screen that includes the Microsoft logo as well as the most recent Office logo. On the first launch, you will see the First screen prompt, which includes the Get Started button in a plain orange theme color and a link to the terms of service.
When you click on the Get Started link at office.com/setup, you will be prompted to sign in, which is a simple process, and all of the applications are covered in a single app.
A small Tooltip at the bottom of the center indicates which files and documents can be created by clicking the Plus (+) button.
The user interface (UI) has elastic animations, and clicking the plus (+) button brings up a few options for creating applications. The overall theme is a gradient of orange and dark orange, which is the Office basic theme.
Things are similar in iOS as well, though there are minor differences in the icons. On smartphone platforms, nothing much has changed, but everything is nearly identical.
Moving on to tablets, the user interface (UI) is the same and kept simple because the operating system is the same so there are no changes to the applications other than the expanded look and size.
The major difference is between the Windows and Mac versions of the Software.
The applications on Windows have a flat design and look beautiful with a clean look. The taskbar has been infused with the applications, and the entire application has a duotone appearance. The primary color is the color of the app you are currently using. For example, because Word is blue, everything in the primary color scheme is blue, including the icon color. It’s lovely and has a nice feel to it. Though there is nothing like that in Mac, apps are much simpler and have a very little color. The duotone scheme has been removed from the Mac versions of the applications, and the applications have been given a single color. However, both the Windows and Mac versions switch to Dark and Light modes, but this does not change the fact that Windows apps appear more focused and have a better layout. The Mac versions are simple and look the same as the older versions. The icons on Windows apps are also more appealing than those on Mac apps. The icons on the Mac are simple and straightforward whereas, the icons on Windows have been designed differently and appear more integrated with the design language.
Finally, we believe that the applications look very different on each platform and that the feel of the applications varies across platforms. However, in terms of design, the Windows version of Microsoft Office applications comes out on top.
Author: Jace Mrazz is a Microsoft Office expert with 5 years of experience in the technology industry. He has written technical and SEO blogs, white papers, and reviews for a variety of websites including www.office.com/setup and office365.com/setup.