Outlook for iPhone receives new design, dark mode soon

Outlook for iPhone receives new design, dark mode soon

Matt Blowes December 07, 2018 Office 365, Software

Microsoft have released a substantial redesign of the Outlook app on iOS. The new design aligns the app's visual style closer to the recent changes made to the Outlook web app

Despite saying on December 5 that the new design was "rolling out", the new update is yet to appear on the App Store (as of 11 am AEST Dec 7). 

Besides the visual overhaul of the app, the functions and capabilities of Outlook for iOS remain largely untouched. 

outlook-ios-swipe-dec2018Swiping messages left or right can still be customised. Swiping can be set to:

  • Mark as Read/Unread
  • Archive
  • Delete
  • Flag/Unflag
  • Move
  • Schedule
  • Read & Archive

Microsoft's Jon Friedman, Chief Designer of Office, said one reason for the change was to bring the familiar Outlook blue to the iOS app.

"For those who use Outlook on a large screen, the blue header connects you to your familiar inbox and calendar no matter which Outlook you use," he said. 

Meanwhile, it has been reported that a 'dark mode' is also coming to the iOS app. Though there is no expected release date yet.

Outlook 2016 has always had a dark mode of sorts. It can be switched on by clicking File > Options > find the Office Theme drop-down menu > select 'Dark Gray'.

To start using the redesigned app, download Outlook for iOS here at the App Store. 

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