As an Office Insider for Mac: Insider Fast, I get the latest updates quite early, but with the chance that it might roast my system =/

One of the recent benefits, though, has been the early arrival of the new Office icons. Personally, I love them – very smart design in my opinion. But there’s been controversy over the new overall design and its dramatic change from the norm that we’ve known for the last decade as the icons of Office. But just as we often see in the tech world, people are resistant to change.

I’ve actually had these for a little while, so I’m late to post about the icons in part because everyone else in the world was reacting. But I’d like to speak to change and not necessarily to graphic design.

Better yet, let’s allow a few iconic figures to speak:


“The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.”  Confucius

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela

“One of my greatest fears is not being able to change, to be caught in a never-ending cycle of sameness. Growth is so important.” – Matt Dillon

“When I’m painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing. It’s only after a get acquainted period that I see what I’ve been about. I’ve no fears about making changes for the painting has a life of its own.” – Jackson Pollock