Why is there a vending machine on the Office ribbon?

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There’s a new generation growing up who see the Office ribbon differently from their parents.

Check out this icon on the older Office ribbon ….

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To you, me and most people it means ‘Save’ because that’s obviously a floppy disk. Specifically, a 3.5” disk with either 720kb or 1.4MB up to a whopping 2.8MB (that’s Megabyte, not Gigabyte <g>).

But now there’s a generation who’ve never seen a floppy disk and think the icon means something quite different.

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Look again at the familiar (to us) icon and you’ll see a vending machine with a drink waiting in the pick-up slot. That especially makes sense in Japan where vending machines are everywhere and seemingly sell everything.

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Spot the difference!

Alas, Office 365 has removed the vending machine look for the Save icons.  Now there’s a notch (bottom left) and no ‘drink’ at the bottom.

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Office-Watch.com designer and co-author Mary-Jane Almer remarked “Some of the people in our team are too young to know what a floppy disk is. but we couldn’t decide what you’d change it to!”


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