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Net Nazi's took our admin rights, as out PC's are leased. So we could not use any of the software we needed, they then tell us to carry on using out old network (which was held together with gaffer tape & bent paper clips...) and then have a fit as we have to use 'Unsafe Linux Machines' for some of the dev work...
I know they changed them quite a bit somewhere between 2 and 6 months ago
...to great fanfare, I might add, for which they were widely derided. Someone at Microsoft gets excited over these types of things.
OTOH, we might as well get somewhat excited about these icons - they brought back a tiny bit of color in this otherwise dull, flat, all-white, all-the-time, world...bringing hope that someday, we just might see some amount of sanity again...
When you're the size of Microsoft, developers seldom create icons themselves. They have a whole squad of people on the full-time payroll to do these. They supply the resources; developers just use them.
It's not just the icons - they are just the visual clue that things have changed behind the scenes. The most notable change is in the collapsed ribbon bar in Outlook; collapsed it looks like a traditional menu. Clicking the "menu" text brings up the ribbon.
I got them sometime back. I don't care about icons/ribbon, but Outlook seems to have a new behavior, at least on my desktop where it arbitrarily forgets my outlook.com password and asks me to re-enter it. If I refuse, it connects and gets my mail anyway but continues to pester me with a warning that it 'Needs Password'. Damnit! I gave you the password when I setup Outlook and at least 50 times now since then!