Microsoft Switches On Office 365 Theme Support
Bored of the stock Office 365 experience? Microsoft updates the software to enable more personalization options and service-wide notifications.Businesses can now tweak Office 365 to better reflect their corporate identities. Taking a cue from "skinning," the practice of customizing software applications and Web browsers like Chrome and Firefox, Microsoft today announced an update that allows businesses and consumers to add a bit of individuality to the Office 365 experience. "Office 365 will now support your ability to both customize and personalize your Office 365 experience by using themes," Lawrence Chiu, an Office 365 senior product marketing manager, revealed in a statement. The update is being issued to customers "over the next few weeks," during which time custom and predefined themes will become available. Administrators, he claimed, "will have the ability to create custom themes for your organization" while end users will be granted "the ability to personalize their experience by selecting an Office 365 theme." The expanded user interface (UI) options, while seemingly superficial, can have a major impact on business users, Chiu said. "The goal of branding your organization is to establish a positive association with your organization and positive relationships with your organization's users," he stated.
"Consistent and repeated visual identity reaffirms your brand," continued Chiu. "By adding the ability to create a custom theme for your Office 365 environments, Office 365 can help you strengthen your brand visually."