Are Google and Microsoft Word Taking Design Cues from Each Other?


The other day the Mac users at Vodori got a little treat…an upgrade to Microsoft Office 2011. While I’m not a master of the spreadsheet nor the power presenter I do appreciate the Office suite, especially Word.

So when I went to open Word for the first time I noticed that MSFT had already placed the suite application icons in my dock (thanks?). Not only were the icons for Word, Power Point, Excel, and Outlook (yes! no more Entourage folks) now in my dock, they’re now sporting a bright and new look. I couldn’t help but notice though that the Word icon in particular reminded me of something. But what was it? Google Wave? Really? Microsoft took design cues from Google?! I honestly don’t think they did as ribbon/wave design styling is a bit of a trend as of late. Even so, I could help myself but bust open my trusty Photoshop and have a little fun.

What do you think?

Word or Wave?

Word or Wave? Worve?

The Microsoft Office suite icons for Mac

The Microsoft Office suite icons for Mac

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One response to “Are Google and Microsoft Word Taking Design Cues from Each Other?

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