One week ago, Microsoft said that it would release the first preview version of its Office Visual Refresh for Windows 11. But that release never happened. And now Microsoft says we’ll have to wait for next week.
“We apologize for the delay in making this much anticipated visual refresh available to you,” a note that was quietly added to Microsoft’s original announcement reads. “We expect to release a new build with this update next week.”
The Office Visual Refresh requires you to enroll Office on your PC in the Office Insider Program’s Beta channel, which is done by navigating to File > Account > Office Insider. According to the original post, the refresh would arrive with a new build that week. But when the build arrived, no one could figure out how to enable the refresh. Now, at least, we know why.
The Office visual refresh will be available on both Windows 10 and the Windows 11 Insider Preview and it will eventually provide us with our first look at an Office UX that was reimagined for the more natural and customizable Windows 11 user interface. One of the options will allow Office to automatically match the Windows 11 theme, but Microsoft says that the update provides “a more natural and consistent experience” and “an intuitive, coherent, and familiar user interface” that was built using its Fluent Design principles.
The waiting game continues.