Xero User Interface (UX) Update – The navigation bar we’ve been waiting for to do beautiful business.
Recently Xero had their quarterly update webinar where they showcased all their new developments within the accounting software and give us ( the accountants & small business owners of course) a sneak peak of the exciting things that lie ahead. Most Xero updates will stay unnoticed to the untrained eye, but this time around it’s not the same case as it will be hard to miss the changes center of navigation.
The new improved layout has been made available by the Xero team in the Demo Company from the 13th of November 2018 to preview and get used to. We’ve been told that we can expect a global release on 27 November 2018 on all working organisations. This will likely be on a rolling release.
So…What changes have been made?
The first change you will notice is the Navigation Bar. From a first glance it’s clear that some headings have been removed and renamed. The nav bar’s headings have been simplified and have grouped together functions that make more sense and are easier to find. Our only comment, as accountants, is that it now takes 2 clicks to switch to the last company we’ve been working on but for the average user this is certainly a cleaner and more user-friendly interface.
Old Navigation Bar:
New Navigation Bar:
Although the two look different the majority of functions have stayed the same except for the following:
The business tab will be used mostly by the small business owner themselves grouping together all the functions that they will mainly use e.g Invoices, Quotes, Sales overview, Bills to pay, Purchase orders, Purchases overview, expense claims, products and services (previously called inventory) and pay run.
Within the organisational menu on the top left corner you will find all your organisations, organisational settings, inbox, app market place and your Xero menus.
Why have these changes been made?
Xero continuously tries to make our accounting experience better to make our lives more productive and efficient. Although the changes aren’t too different they believe that it will reduce time to find our way around Xero and help new users to learn faster.
Still don’t know what to expect? Give the Demo Company a quick try to familiarize yourself with the changes before they roll out in your organisation.
We would love to hear your thoughts on the new Xero User Interface. Let us know below.