At Build 2019, Microsoft announced that it is expanding Fluent Design System to the web and other platforms including Android and iOS. During a developer session at Build 2019, Microsoft explained how it is utilizing Fluent on its own products through shared principles, patterns, tools, and documentation, and how developers can use these resources on their own applications.
Today, Microsoft revealed the redesigned Outlook, OneDrive, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint mobile apps. Microsoft is also planning to release redesigned Teams, Yammer and Planner apps in the near future. Check out the video above to see the new redesigned apps in action. Microsoft also published a blog post that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the research, design process, and future vision for Microsoft 365 mobile experiences, check out the source link below to read the whole story.
Here’s the summary of Microsoft Design team’s article:
- Microsoft did research in mobile-first or mobile-only markets like India and China to learn about how people use their smartphones to get things done.
- Microsoft found that microtasks (bite-sized pieces of a bigger task) are more productive in mobile devices. For example, writing one paragraph instead of an entire Word document.
- Most smartphone user sessions average just 20 to 30 seconds. Microsoft wants to make this short period of time more productive. Outlook’s new Play My Emails feature, Read Aloud feature in Office apps are some of the examples.
- Fluent for iOS and Android is a mobile interpretation of Fluent design and it takes advantage of native platform capabilities.
- Microsoft focused on consistently designing seven signature elements to create a great end-to-end experience: the app icon, splash screen, cells, cards, typography, people, and file lists.
- A team of over 40 designers created mobile UI toolkits that enable all designers at Microsoft to design apps using the same shared components.
- Microsoft will evolve Fluent mobile to design 3D experiences that are especially promising for firstline workers and students.