Office 365

Android, UI/UX, 2014


Redesigned for Android

Microsoft launched Office for Android, and Google launched their new design language, Material Design. So I combined the best of both worlds to re-design Office for mobile using Material Design for a better native experience. The main challenge was to ensure a seamless experience across multiple point application in Office with native Android features without losing the context of the original application which was built for Windows.

My role

I started out by studying the existing application to identify areas for improvement. Being an Android user myself, I was able to narrow down on a few important pain points in the system. I also studied several other competetor apps like Polaris Office, Google Slides etc., and then proceeded to re-design the complete experience for the main Office app and a point app - PowerPoint.

Analysis of analysis

By analysing the competitor applications as well as the Office applications on multiple operating systems, I narrowed down on few pain points. For example, few basic formatting options were missing in the Android version. Along with this, the whole tab structure for different file locations seemed confusing to many users. I also nnoticed that some core funcations like slide transitions were also missing from the Android app for PowerPoint.

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Think, sketch, optimize, repeat

I counducted a few user interviews to identify the scenarios in which users typically tend to use Office or PowerPoint on their mobile devices. In this redesign I have include only these identified primary features. For example, I learnt from the users that the current Office app does not let them see a preview/thumbnail of the document, which was a commonly requested feature.

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New to Office?

For first time users, I have designed a no data scenario which also acts as a simple walkthorugh.

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Realistic file stack and cloud sharing

Office is all about documents. So after several iterations of sketching, I felt the best way to convey this would be to design the new document screen to look like a realistic stack of documents or files, within the boundaries of Material Design. Also, in the spirit of the recent partnership between Microsoft and Dropbox, I have provided an option to link all the user's cloud accounts and gather all the documents in once place.



Here, I have focused on one point application - PowerPoint. It had some complicated user scenarios which I have addressed using simple interactions. Based on this, other point applocations can replicate the same behaviour.

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