Microsoft's Designers Are Now Working Together on the Future of Windows, Office and Surface

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Microsoft has changed the way it approaches design. The new Office icons unveiled this week are the first glimpse at a far bigger design overhaul that’s going on inside the company. Windows is also getting its own icon changes, but the bigger change is a collaborative effort going on between the Windows, Office, and Surface teams. From a report: This is definitely a cross company effort,” explains Jon Friedman, Microsoft’s head of Office design, in an interview with The Verge. The company’s design leaders — Friedman with Office, Albert Shum on the Windows side, and Ralf Groene for Surface — all work together now. “We operate like an internal open source team,” Friedman says.

“So we’re all openly sharing our design

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