Outlook for iOS Gets Revamped Design

Posted on December 5, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Outlook.com with 10 Comments

Microsoft is announcing a redesigned Outlook for iOS app today. The app’s latest redesign is all about unifying the app experience to match Outlook on other platforms, specifically focusing on the Outlook brand. In reality, though, the new Outlook redesign brings a lot of tiny improvements to the UX of Outlook that will make the app much more pleasant to use than it already is.

First, the new Outlook design has a new blue header that resembles Outlook’s branding. The app now includes bold typography that matches the design of iOS, while making the experience consistent across Outlook on other devices.

But most importantly: a dark mode is coming soon.

The new Outlook experience brings some other tiny changes, like the new subtle animation when you swipe on an email. Or the new calendar icon which fans forward and backwards as you scroll through your calendar.

The update introduces other features that will make dealing with email much faster than before. It now displays profile pictures for all your email senders, so you can easily track down a sender within your inbox, for example. The scheduling experience for meetings has also been revamped, with the design now showing contextual information at a glance that will make dealing with all your meetings and events much easier.

The Outlook for iOS update looks fantastic, to get straight to the point. Some of these updates will probably make its way to Outlook on Android as well. The good thing about the new design is that the experience looks and feels much like before, but a lot has changed under the hoods.

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Comments (11)

11 responses to “Outlook for iOS Gets Revamped Design”

  1. Chris_Kez

    Dark mode or GTFO

    Just kidding... sort of. This does look nice, and I'm sure I'll appreciate it, but I really want dark mode. Using this app in a darkened room is just brutal.

  2. yoshi

    This looks fantastic.

  3. pachi

    I just redownloaded to check it out. Same old design on my end.

    Can we disable message previews views in the email list? It’s not useable without that basic feature imo. Makes it so hard to find message I want.

  4. Usman

    I'm on the Note 9 and I've had these navigation experiences for a while (new search, photos (and company logos) for senders, inline contextual content (calender RSVP, amazon tracking, flight & hotel reservation cards).

    I guess they're A/B testing certain features?

    • will

      In reply to Usman:

      Yea I was noticing that a lot of the changes that mention have actually been in the iOS version for a while. The new swipe colors and animations as well as the calendar visually scrolling forward or backwards. I just wish you could toggle the sender icons off. They take up some space on the screen and while nice I would like to be able to turn them off if I wanted.

  5. m_p_w_84

    Hmmm. MS have a surprisingly good app on their hands here. They need to be careful not to ruin it. That big chunky header doesn’t look great, I want my screen full of email not fancy GUI.

  6. lordbaal1

    How about giving me a monthly calendar view.

  7. dsamuilov

    I updated last night my Outlook for iOS (running on a Xs Max) and I don’t see the changes. Are these changes available or were they just announced and going through the Store QA process?

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