Microsoft has today announced plans to bring a new design to its Outlook for Mac app along with several other improvements and features for Outlook on iOS and watchOS.
In preparation for the public release of macOS Big Sur, Microsoft has been testing a new design for Outlook on Mac. The design includes Microsoft’s Fluent icons and several design cues from Big Sur such as rounded corners. To make the design more simple, Microsoft’s Ribbon interface has been removed. The end product is an amalgam of the design languages of Apple and Microsoft.
Reading and writing emails has been improved with the implementation of a new mail compose UI, single-line views, and an “ignore” feature. Collapsible panels and a compressible message list allow for greater customization of the main view.
Outlook’s contacts system has also been tweaked, with separation of contacts and co-workers within events and emails, detection of frequent
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