Microsoft office has unveiled redesigned versions of its mobile app which include Outlook, OneDrive, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The company aimed to “take mobile productivity to the next level, with the changes. ” Microsoft wrote in a blog post on Medium.
Designed with Microsoft’s Fluent Design system, the apps currently have more consistent visual design, which includes app icons, splash screens, cards, typography and a lot more. New productivity features like ‘Play My Emails’ will allow you listen to your inbox as if it were a podcast, next, ‘Read Aloud’ will serve a similar function in Word and Office apps.
It’s also now possible for you to use your phone to scan document quickly and tables to Office, OneDrive and other apps.
Microsoft office noted that notwithstanding the fact that users spend up to four hours per day on their mobile phones, so each session averages just 20 to 30 seconds. Microsoft asked how it could cram more productivity into the quick glances users take at their mobile phones.
“While on the go, we often switch between apps and have shorter attention spans, sharper time constraints, or are in more distracting environments. When mobile apps seamlessly connect and feel similar, it reduces cognitive burden by eliminating the need to re-learn app patterns and navigation.” Microsoft wrote.
The company says the redesigned versions of Teams, Yammer and Planner will be rolling out soon, and it’s sharing new mobile UI toolkits with third-party app developers, this will allow other apps to embrace same design elements and productivity focus.