In December, Microsoft started testing a major a new re-design for the Outlook app on iOS. At the time, the redesign was available to a small number of users, and the company is now starting to roll it out to all users on iOS.
Michael Palermiti, the product lead for Outlook for iOS at Microsoft, announced on Twitter that the new update is available to all users now:
— Michael Palermiti (@MPalermiti) January 30, 2019
To recap, the new Outlook design introduces a prominent blue header, bold typography, profile pictures, subtle new animations, improved scheduling experience, and soon, a dark mode:
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.
If you are on iOS, you can give the new Outlook app a try right now. There are definitely a lot of changes, and it may need a little time to get used to, but it’s certainly a really nice update in terms of the design.