Hi Office International Community,


The new Office Simplified Ribbon is designed to help users focus on their work and collaborate naturally with others. We want to hear about your experience with the localized (non-English) versions in Word Online, PowerPoint Online and Outlook for Windows (Insiders).


We are running the survey below from Thursday 22nd November until Sunday 16th December. To make it interesting, we’ll be giving away a $100 Amazon Voucher to 3 lucky survey participants.


How can you enter?

  1. If you are not a member already, join us in the Office International Tech Community (click on the Join button above). 

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  1. Complete the Survey questions below and Submit!

If you want to read more about the Simplified Ribbon, check out these articles The new look of Office or Use the Simplified Ribbon for Outlook. Do share the survey on social media and invite your colleagues to participate - the survey is available in Chinese (Simplified), Czech, Danish, English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil) and Spanish.


Availability & Eligibility:

The Word Online & PowerPoint Online Simplified Ribbon is available in 97 languages. The Outlook for Windows Simplified Ribbon is not yet available in Arabic, Amharic, Dari, Hebrew, Korean, Persian, Urdu, Sindhi, & Uyghur or Korean.


Full details of the sweepstake, eligibility and rules are posted here. Note: U.S. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Therefore, residents of these countries/regions are not eligible to participate.



If the embedded survey does not load on this page, you can find it here.


Switching on the Simplified Ribbon

  • In Word Online and PowerPoint Online you will need to sign in with a personal Microsoft account via http://onedrive.live.com. The Simplified Ribbon should be on by default but if not, you can use the toggle as shown. This is on the top of the screen to the right. If you do not see the toggle unfortunately the Office Simplified Ribbon is not available for you yet. Please do check back though as it should be available soon. PPT & WRD Toggle.png


  • Change language in Word Online or PowerPoint Online If you are signed in with a Microsoft account, to view your OneDrive in a different language, select Settings at the top of the page, then select the language currently displayed to open the Language pane. From the dropdown, select a different language and country/region, and then select Save.ChangeLanguage.png


  • In Outlook for Windows you can switch back and forth between the Simplified Ribbon and the classic ribbon. Ensure ‘Coming Soon’ is enabled as per the screenshot and click the downward pointing caret in the lower right corner of the full, classic ribbon to collapse it to the Simplified Ribbon.Outlook_Ribbon_caret.png


Thanks for your support and participation!

The Office International Team